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ERIC Number: ED383438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Once Upon a Classroom.
Obersinner, Kathy
This research project explored how children's ability to exchange ideas and resolve conflict was influenced by regularly setting aside time to dictate and act out stories. Research methods for this 3-month project included audiotapes, a questionnaire, and the stories from 23 first-grade children. Observations looked specifically at conflict resolution, roles and interactions among storytellers, and the sense of community manifested in play. Observations indicated that the children became more autonomous in exchanging ideas and listening to one another's potential solutions, as the children encountered issues that arose in the natural context of acting out their stories. As the children devised a workable structure for storytelling, they began to assume greater ownership as the process became more familiar, directing their comments and questions to one another. As they acted in one another's stories, each child's view of the world was assimilated by his or her peers. Children's story plays formed a distinctive and colorful quilt of reoccurring patterns that merged into new designs as the children shared their attempts to make sense of their world. (WP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A