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).
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
construct new knowledge” (p. 2).
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 resource links are also provided.
Posted by: Eron Drake
Original Posting Date: 10/27/14