Learning through storytelling

The Innovating Pedagogy 2014 is a report published by the Open University that explores new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, to guide teachers and policy makers in productive innovation. The 2014 report proposes ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education.  Among them “Learning through storytelling”,  a pedagogy which has several resemblances with “showmanship”, one of the four TEMI innovations. (From the report) “Learning requires a structure that helps learners to embed and revisit their understanding. Stories provide one way of creating this structure. Developing a narrative is part of a process of meaning making in which the narrator structures a series of events from a particular point of view in order to create a meaningful whole. Writing up an experiment, reporting on an inquiry, analysing a period of history – these are all examples of narrative supporting learning. Indeed, much of our education involves combining different things we know in order to create an understanding of what has happened and, as a consequence, what can be expected to happen in the future. These accounts can be used to link memories of events, binding them together to form larger, more coherent chunks. In a narrative approach to learning, the creation of stories is emphasised, allowing learners to navigate resources and to add coherence to different experiences. Narrative encourages the combination of historical overview and modern practice. It can provide emotional engagement and relevance for learners, together with personal involvement and immersion.”