1st Edition

Learning Through Storytelling in Higher Education
Using Reflection and Experience to Improve Learning

ISBN 9780749440381
Published May 1, 2003 by Routledge
200 Pages

USD $56.95

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Book Description

Learning Through Storytelling in Higher Education explores ways of using storytelling as a teaching and learning tool. When storytelling is formalized in meaningful ways, it can capture everyday examples of practice and turn them into an opportunity to learn - encouraging both reflection, a deeper understanding of a topic and stimulating critical thinking skills. The technique can accommodate diverse cultural, emotional and experiential incidents, and may be used in many different contexts eg formal/informal; one-on-one/group setting.
The authors outline the different models of storytelling and explain how to make use of this technique and encourage a 'storytelling culture' within the workplace or in tutorial sessions.
Academic yet accessible, this book provides a new perspective on learning techniques and will be a great asset to any educator looking to improve reflective practice.



Janice McDrury is an educator and health researcher at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand. She has 17 years' experience as a nurse educator and is a Senior Lecturer.
Maxine Alterio is a staff development coordinator at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin. She encourages practitioners from a range of disciplines to use formalized storytelling techniques.


'This book deserves a place at the cutting edge of teaching in higher education and should be promoted wherever there are teachers working with students who will one day take their place in the delivery of professional service.' - Dr Jennifer Lehmann, Department of Social Work, La Trobe University

'It is an excellent introduction to researchers intending to pursue this method for research.' - Janet Firth, University of Wolverhampton Business School

'Anyone interested in good teaching practice - and above all anyone engaged in that complex assembling of material into meaningful shape which is teaching creative writing - should find this book inspiring.' - Fiona Sampson, Writing in Education