Driven to Teach, Compelled to Learn: A Review of the Role(s) of Storytelling in Education
Keywords:critical thinking, praxis, teaching methods, social cognition, cognitive science, learning theories, storytelling, narrative
Humans have an instinct not only to tell stories but also to listen to them. When the message is passed from storyteller to audience, lessons are frequently transmitted. The stories serve as vessels for cultural transmission. Yet there is a gap in the research evaluating how their effectiveness in teaching informally might be leveraged in a classroom to achieve similar pedagogical ends. The aim of this interdisciplinary review is to formally evaluate the ways in which stories are used to transmit information between people and across generations and the degree to which these capacities have been used in classrooms.