ERIC Number: ED473147
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Narrative and Stories in Adult Teaching and Learning. ERIC Digest.
Increasingly, adult educators are using narrative and stories for many reasons, including their deep appeal, satisfaction, and cultural transcendence. As a fundamental structure of human meaning making narrative is a valuable classroom tool in that it can enable students to understand life events, personal actions, and solidify identity formation. Story-based techniques such as storytelling, case studies, critical incidents, role playing, and simulations are often used in the adult education classroom. Autobiographical writing or the life story is a major strand of narrative. It can be useful to a variety of adult students, including those in higher education classrooms, small peer group settings, teacher professional continuing education workshops, and older students. The narrative orientation to education is a metaphor for the developing self and closely related to transformational learning, a hallmark of adult education. (Contains 32 references.) (AJ)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Autobiographies, Case Studies, Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Culturally Relevant Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Practices, Educational Theories, Holistic Approach, Journal Writing, Language Experience Approach, Learning Processes, Learning Theories, Literature Reviews, Personal Narratives, Postsecondary Education, Program Content, Program Effectiveness, Role Playing, Simulation, Story Telling, Student Attitudes, Student Needs, Teaching Methods, Transformative Learning
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.