ERIC Number: ED381826
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
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Storytelling in the Multicultural Classroom: A Study in Community Building.
Davies-Gibson, Miriam R.
Communication scholars are uniquely suited to developing and implementing mechanisms that will promote a multicultural dialogue and build community. Storytelling is one such mechanism. Storytelling can be beneficial to the spiritual psyche on both the individual and universal levels. The folktale "The Princess Who Wanted to See G-d" demonstrates how self-reflexivity is related to spiritual development. The search for spirituality demands that listeners reexamine their existing beliefs. However, storytelling is also an important mechanism for instilling spirituality on a group or universal level. The story itself becomes equipment for understanding the cultural elements of a given group. Part of the value in storytelling is the universality of the story. For the educator in the multicultural classroom, storytelling can help instill a sense of unity and peace in a classroom plagued by division and divisiveness. Peace is brought to the classroom by changing the relationship between the speaker and the listener. Through the process of identification, the members of a multicultural audience realize how they are joined. Dialogue that follows the storytelling session helps listeners to construct and assess lines of reasoning from multiple conflicting points of view. As an agent of moral change, storytelling is also important for the rhetorical critic. It provides an opportunity to link theory and practice in a way that is unique. (Contains 14 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dialogic Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (80th, New Orleans, LA, November 19-22, 1994).