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ERIC Number: ED426442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 16
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Storytelling in the Interpersonal Classroom: Bridging "Self" with Family History.
Ragains, Alan C.
A professor of interpersonal communication at the University of Hawaii, Windward Community College included aspects of storytelling and family history in his approach to a self-concept unit. The task for the students was to create a 3- to 5-minute story based on elements found in their social or family culture. The goals of the project are to: provide a means by which students can have meaningful conversations with family members through the use of interview; investigate the art of storytelling to create images that express a sense of their social or family culture; present their stories to the class; and analyze their findings in relationship to their self-concept. The project was then divided into six steps: (1) create an interview schedule; (2) conduct the interview; (3) complete a "Summary of Interview"; (4) discuss in class what storytelling or personal narrative is; (5) present the 3- to 5-minute stories in class; and (6) submit an assessment, "Storytelling Final Evaluation." Illustrations of some of the project's stories/interviews show how students responded to the project. A total of 33 students from two classes responded to the "Storytelling Final Evaluation" positively. 88% of the students discovered information that had not been previously known to them. Conclusions about the project include: the process which is followed using this methodology gives students a specific structure to follow in gathering information; the depth of family information gathered using the methodology is enhanced; with more information students have a clearer idea of family influences on self-concept; and storytelling provides students the opportunity to share what they have learned. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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