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ERIC Number: EJ1171204
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1470-3297
Stories in Conversations and Presentations--A Comparative Study
Brophy, Barry; Guerin, Suzanne
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v55 n1 p101-110 2018
Students receive little guidance on how to give the oral presentations that increasingly feature in third level modules. It has been observed that several communication tools employed effectively in conversation--in particular stories--are not used in presentations. The aim of this study was to demonstrate this effect and explore possible reasons for the omission of stories in student presentations. Postgraduate students (sample size 17) attended a three-hour presentation skills training session where they prepared and delivered group presentations. The conversations during preparation and the presentations were all recorded. The difference between story use in the two settings was marked. Three of the four presentations contained no stories, whereas the conversations were characterised by frequent story use, sometimes clustering with a frequency of four or five a minute. It seemed that stories perform a dual role in conversations--'social interactive' and 'meaning building'--that does not naturally occur in a presentation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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