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ERIC Number: ED458586
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 9
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"Creating Pictures in My Mind": A Qualitative Study of Children's Responses to Storytelling in the Classroom.
Mello, Robin
Primer: The Journal of the Massachusetts Reading Association, v26 n1 p4-10 1997
Little research exists that examines how children experience listening to stories, and few studies have been done that ask students to discuss their own experience with storytelling. A qualitative grounded study designed to focus upon children's responses and experiences to storytelling in the classroom was conducted in a public middle school in a New England mill town with eight fourth and fifth grade students. These children came from white, working class, and middle class families and were attending a special needs classroom for "academic support" in reading during a part of their school day. Every other week, the researcher came into the classroom and told stories for about 45 minutes per session to these students. The "telling style" is described as theatrical and interactive, with no set text or script. After the sessions, students met with the researcher in interview groups. Over and over again, they tried to describe what it was like to be listeners. The act of listening to a story was a powerful and creative experience, one that was perceived as active and inclusive. The idea that the listener is somehow controlling the story is probably the most important finding to emerge from the data. Students described an act of co-participation with the storyteller, because listening to a story for them was an interactive experience. Findings suggest that storytelling is an empowering form of communication. (NKA)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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