Storytelling

​​​​​​Overview

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: http://www.unesco.org/education/tlsf/mods/theme_d/mod21.html
    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. ​

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Posted by: Eron Drake

Original Posting Date: 10/27/14