Narrating Change Research Group

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The Narrating Change Research Group focuses on theory and research with collectives using narrative and other genres for societal and individual human development. Our orientation is to integrate critical and creative uses of verbal and nonverbal communication – language and visual media – for positive social change. By positive change, we mean change defined by goals in local contexts, from local perspectives, yet also aware of broader social structural challenges and opportunities.  
Human development and positive change are concepts we consider as interacting human and environmental perspectives – that is focusing on personal and structural dynamics. These perspectives are symbolic and physical. Our priorities include highlighting human thriving over capitalist accumulation, supporting participation and authority by young people, ethnic, racial, document, and economic groups whose perspectives are marginalized in powerful mainstream spheres of life, who are subject to governmental policies/laws, and whose perspectives should be required for ethical advancement of such entities.  
Our research occurs in ongoing practices with rigorous, knowledge-building narrative research designs and analyses. Collaborating collectives include educators, community organizations, policy makers, legal clinics, and grass roots employers who are organizing to be permeable to diverse voices and consciously dependent on those diverse voices.

Recent Publications

Daiute, C., Kovacs-Cerovic, T., Micic, K., Sullu, B. & Vracar. S. (2020). Dynamic values negotiating geo-political narratives across a migration system. Qualitative Psychology.

Daiute, C., Todorova, R., Babel, L., & Surian, A. (2018). Values analysis of global education initiatives. In D.T. Dolejšiová (Ed). Innovation, values, and policies in global education. (pp. 39-70). Dublin, Ireland: GENE, Global Education Network Europe. ( (ISBN: 978-1-911607-14-4).

Daiute, C., Duncan, R.O., Marchenko, F. (2018). Meta-communication between designers and players of interactive digital narrative.  In R. Rouse, H. Koenitz, M. Haahr (Eds.). Interactive Digital Narrative, 2018, LNCS 11318, Springer, pp. 134–142.

Daiute, C., Kovacs-Cerovic, T., Todorova, R., Jokic, T., Ataman, A. (2017).
Minority Teachers – Roma in Serbia – Narrate Education Reform. Belgrade, Serbia: Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade and the Association of Pedagogical Assistants.


About Professor Daiute

Professor Daiute has received research grants from the Spencer Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, and the National Council of Teachers of English. She has been invited to present keynote addresses and workshops in Brazil, India, Colombia, Serbia, Croatia, Italy, and across the US.