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ERIC Number: EJ1092135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7869
Using Storytelling Strategies to Improve Student Comprehension in Online Classes
Powell, Rasby Marlene; Murray, Ottis
Journal of Effective Teaching, v12 n1 p46-52 2012
Previous research shows that presenting class material in story formats can improve student learning in lecture classes. This pilot study of eight sociology classes investigates the efficacy of using storytelling as a means to improve student comprehension in online classes. Our findings show that when material is presented in story format rather than traditional text book format, student comprehension of difficult theories and concepts improves and grades improve. This paper outlines the storytelling strategies we tested and makes suggestions for using storytelling across disciplines in online classes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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