ERIC Number: ED427359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
The Power of Story To Personalize, Enrich, and Humanize Communication Education: My Own Story about Having Fun Spinning Tales, and Illustrating Key Points in the Classroom.
Kreps, Gary L.
A professor finds the use of stories and storytelling, whether first-hand stories or second-hand stories, whether oral stories or stories provided through media or mediated channels, to be invaluable instructional tools in his communication classes. They personalize his classes, encourage a sense of camaraderie among class members, help illustrate key concepts and theories, and enliven class interactions. The professor uses a "human bingo" game, computer-mediated communication, and documentary and popular entertainment films to present relevant stories to the class. The stories help to build a personal bond that transcends the traditional class situation. The professor and the students all become part of a special narrative community. They become friends and confidants, as well as valued classmates. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (84th, New York, NY, November 21-24, 1998).