ERIC Number: EJ793016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 0
What a Story! Sharing Stories for Effective Learning and Training
Hernandez, Luis A.
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n181 p55-56 May-Jun 2008
Adult learning theory and practice supports the common sense approach that lasting learning takes place when the learners have both a cognitive and emotional experience with the topic at hand. While learning is a complex individual process, it needs to be meaningful, familiar, and challenging in order for each person to learn. Story telling on just about any subject can provide personal perspectives for training purposes by validating individual histories, experiences, skills, achievements, and heartbreaks. Stories provide an emotional framework and basis that speaks to the subject. Stories become a thread that ties the learning together. However, just like any good storytelling, this training process takes the skills of a true learning facilitator. It requires spinning and using the stories for the purpose of learning. The facilitator needs to have timing, suspense, admiration, respect, humor, and patience in order to make the stories come alive and real. Most importantly, participants need to know that there is value to their "little" story and that it can contribute to a greater perspective on learning principles.
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Story Telling, Adult Learning, Emotional Experience, Communication Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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