Storytelling as an Instructional Method: Definitions and Research Questions

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Dee H. Andrews
Thomas D. Hull
Jennifer A. Donahue


The goal of this paper is to discuss the theoretical and empirical foundations of the use of storytelling in instruction. The definition of a “story” is given and four instructional methods are identified related to storytelling: case-based, narrative-based, scenario-based and problem-based instruction. The article puts forth descriptions of the four instructional methods above, describes several research issues, some foundational work and theories, and proposes a research agenda.

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