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ERIC Number: EJ930387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Oral Storytelling: Building Community through Dialogue, Engagement, and Problem Solving
Berkowitz, Doriet
Young Children, v66 n2 p36-40 Mar 2011
Oral storytelling supports young children's learning and development differently than stories read aloud from picture books. It gives children an opportunity to exercise their imagination, communicate effectively, enhance their social literacy, and build community in a different way. Oral storytelling encourages a heightened and more sophisticated level of engagement among preschoolers through its invitation for role-playing and performance. Educators can support young children's cognitive, language, social, and emotional development by using some of the storytelling techniques illustrated in this article. Teachers can also record (by writing, using audio or videotape, or a combination of these methods) the children's conversations and document their interactions in order to better examine and validate the unique paths of inquiry that children open every day in their dramatic play and oral storytelling. Documenting this development over time allows educators and families to follow and mark interesting milestones in the way a child processes, represents, and communicates his thinking and understanding of life experiences. Often documentation reveals themes in children's observations and questions that teachers can intentionally incorporate in the curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A