Although instructors have been using storytelling in various formats for hundreds of years, only recently has storytelling emerged as teaching and learning strategy that can significantly influence learning. “Storytelling is a powerful and enduring means of communication that has widespread appeal. It crosses cultures and communities; in fact, many of our earliest learning experiences most likely involved stories…” (Alterio, 2002).

Practical Applications

When purposefully integrated into the classroom, “storytelling can:

  • encourage co-operative activity
  • encompass holistic perspectives
  • value emotional realities
  • link theory to practice
  • stimulate students' critical thinking skills
  • capture complexities of situations
  • reveal multiple perspectives
  • make sense of experience
  • encourage self-review
  • construct new knowledge” (p. 2).

Recommended Resources

  • Storytelling written for UNESCO by John Fien, Bernard Cox and Margaret Calder:
    This resource offers an overview and instructions how to tell a story, find the value of a story, find and tell good stories, use indigenous stories, use success stories, and integrate reflection and journaling. Additional res​ource links are also provided. ​


Posted by: Eron Drake

Original Posting Date: 10/27/14