Storytelling in Schools
Using Storytelling to Break the Silence that Binds Us to Sameness in Our Schools
by Loyce Caruthers
The Journal of Negro Education, Fall 2006
Keywords: elementary education, middle school, secondary school, classroom behavior
This qualitative study explores storytelling as a staff development strategy to break the silence surrounding cultural difference in schools and to view differences as key elements of teaching and learning. Stories, interviews, and observations were the data for constructing meaning of existing school cultures with a long history of promoting reform without attention to constructs of race/ethnicity, class, and gender.
Findings suggested that (a) stories of urban educators contain historical and socio-cultural ideologies that have shaped American education; and (b) storytelling, if combined with opportunities for dialogue and inquiry, can help to break the silence surrounding cultural differences in schools. (19 pages)
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