ERIC Number: ED426398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Storytelling: The Heart and Soul of Education. PREL Briefing Paper.
This briefing paper presents research on the importance of storytelling in human experience and explores the relevance of storytelling as an instructional tool in Pacific classrooms. The paper provides teachers with suggestions for getting started with storytelling in the classroom, such as: (1) introduce units about geography and people of the world by telling interesting stories from those cultures; (2) decide ahead of time how to use gestures, props, voices, and other devices that will make the story come alive; (3) describe sensory experiences, and lead children into inquiry; (4) stimulate children's imaginations by encouraging them to participate in storytelling and listening; (5) encourage use of metaphors as a way of finding similarities between objects; and (6) maintain eye contact with the audience, pause at the story's end, and provide opportunities for children to listen and tell stories in class. The paper also offers recommendations for how to use storytelling, including using a range of stories to help meet the linguistic, social, and academic needs of an increasingly culturally diverse student population; exploring storytelling as a way for students to learn and develop an understanding of themselves and others; and developing students' reading and writing skills by building upon the ability to orally articulate personal experiences. Contains 8 references. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu, HI.