ERIC Number: ED474764
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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The Power of Storytelling: How Oral Narrative Influences Children's Relationships in Classrooms.
This article presents findings from a qualitative arts-based research project that took place in a fourth-grade classroom over the period of one school year. The article examines the impact of storytelling on children's self concept. In addition, it discusses how storytelling helped children process their social experiences in school. The study was grounded in the practice of storytelling and the narrative discourse of children. It explored children's responses to the character roles portrayed in traditional literatures and used methods influenced by qualitative and arts-based epistemologies. The study is influenced by research conducted by Stone (1998), Westland (1993), and Trousdale (1995) who compared children's attitudes to characters found in Grimm's fairy tales and is intended as a response to, and a deeper investigation of, traditional literatures' places in educational environments. (Contains 46 references.) (Author/BT)
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Discourse Analysis, Grade 4, Intermediate Grades, Interpersonal Relationship, Qualitative Research, Self Concept, Story Telling
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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