Telling tales: creating a space for practitioner education

Gurbutt, Dawne (2015) Telling tales: creating a space for practitioner education. In: Creative Education, Teaching and Learning. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-40213-4

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This chapter will consider the importance of storytelling as a creative medium in teaching and learning about practice. Beginning with an overview of why stories matter, the chapter will consider some elements of storytelling and reasons why this might be a good way to learn about values. It also considers the re-emergence of stories as a teaching and learning tool when values are in the spotlight. Drawing on author experiences of being a discipline lead in the United Kingdom, working with multiple universities and working internationally on using stories in technology-enhanced learning, the chapter will briefly consider some of the ways in which the teaching and learning community creates spaces for stories to be told and heard. It will then consider one particular interdisciplinary programme case study as a way of exploring the work of stories and the importance of stories in promoting connections and interconnections which support and enable learning and sharing examples of the approach used to enable disparate groups to learn together.

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