Educational Fiction


This is a topic I have pondered recently. How do we learn when we read or consume fiction. Do we learn about the world, skills, ways to think, new possibilities, and how to relate to people from the fictional entertainment that we partake in?

For me the answer is yes. My number one reading genre in fiction is science fiction. I believe those books have given me a feel, confidence, and trust in science which has served me well in my life. I want to read fiction that makes me feel good, and makes me feel like I am learning.

I will write more about my ideas about this topic in the future. For now, I will just list some websites and academic references. Keep reading, and keep learning.

Websites: The a-to-z Challenge

Guest Post: Science Education through Science Fiction

Graphic by Stuart Miles, from: S. A. Gibson author page

Academic Titles:

Marsh, Elizabeth, Andrew Butler, and Sharda Umanath. 2012. “Using Fictional Sources in the Classroom: Applications from Cognitive Psychology.” Educational Psychology Review 24, no. 3: 449-469.

Cook, Kristin Leigh, and Elizabeth G. Dinkins. “Building disciplinary literacy through popular fiction.” Electronic Journal of Science Education 19, no. 3 (2015).

Brake, Mark, and Rosi Thornton. “Science fiction in the classroom.” Physics education 38, no. 1 (2003): 31.

Galda, Lee, and Lauren Aimonette Liang. 2003. “Literature as experience or looking for facts: Stance in the classroom.” Reading Research Quarterly 38, no. 2: 268-275.

Camp, Deanne. “It takes two: Teaching with twin texts of fact and fiction.” The Reading Teacher 53, no. 5 (2000): 400-408.

Dorocak, John R., and S. E. C. Purvis. “Using Fiction in Courses: Why Not Admit It?.” Law & Literature (2013).

Bunch-Lyons, Beverly A. “A novel approach: Using fiction by African American women to teach black women’s history.” The Journal of American History 86, no. 4 (2000): 1700-1708.

Smith, Derrick. “Bringing fantasy and science fiction into the classroom.” (2012).

Rycik, Mary Taylor, and Brenda Rosler. “The return of historical fiction.” The Reading Teacher 63, no. 2 (2009): 163-166.

Bixler, Andrea. 2007. “Teaching Evolution with the Aid of SCIENCE FICTION.” American Biology Teacher (National Association Of Biology Teachers) 69, no. 6: 337-340.

Boyd, Josh. “Scholarship of teaching and learning: A different kind of [text] book: using fiction in the classroom.” Communication Education 53, no. 4 (2004): 340-347.

Lindquist, Tarry. “Why and how I teach with historical fiction.” The Reading Teacher (2002).

Turk, Diana B., Emily Klein, and Shari Dickstein. “Mingling’fact’with’fiction’: Strategies for integrating literature into history and social studies classrooms.” The History Teacher 40, no. 3 (2007): 397-406.


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