Fall 2007: Why Storytelling?
Ragan and Wittenberg-Lyles "The very nature of story makes it a prime instrument for learning."
O'Neill "Time spent on early storytelling skill development in preschool years improves math skill upon entering school."
Clandinin & Connelly "Narrative (story) structure is common to all fields of study because it is an essential aspect of the human mind as are how to interpret information and to make meaning."
Tannen "Images (created by details), my research suggests, are more convincing and more memorable than either fact or abstract propositions."
Coles "Stories enhanced recall, retention, application of concepts into new situations, understanding, learner enthusiasm for the subject matter". "Stories enhanced and accelerated virtually every measurable aspect of learning".
Egan "Young children understand abstract concepts when placed in binary opposition and in the context of stories, but not in logic argument, or rote memorization."
Cliatt & Shaw "The relationship of storytelling and successful children's literacy development is well established." "...this process (storytelling) enhanced children's development of language and logic skills."
Mello (2001) "Each study documented that storytelling enhanced literacy." "Storytelling was an effective learning tool that linked literature to content and experience."