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ERIC Number: EJ876440
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Creating New Directions with Story: Narrating Life Experience as Story in Community Adult Education Contexts
Pfahl, Nancy Lloyd; Wiessner, Colleen Aalsburg
Adult Learning, v18 n3-4 p9-13 Sum-Fall 2007
Narrating stories of life experience has helped educators motivate adult learners with diverse goals. Working with culturally diverse learners in their community contexts, including adults who have been unable to advance their development and learning, educators have observed them become more able to learn and succeed in their varied pursuits as they interpret the meaning of their lived experience through storytelling. This article advocates that adult educators become more intentional in drawing upon human capacity for storytelling as an integral teaching and learning strategy. Amid renewing social awareness and growing attention to more equitable learning circumstances, storytelling is a particularly relevant innate capacity. This article (a) introduces why and how to use storytelling as a strategy that may lead to life changes for learners and (b) discusses implications of using storytelling in adult education settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A