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International Journal for Leadership in Learning, v1 n3 2015

The narrative form is everywhere. It can be as common as our daily stories and as significant as a great novel. Narrating can be a process of self-assessment and introspection around a certain theme. In this sense it is important in education. In this paper I argue that people learn not only by listening to narrative but also by teaching others through narrative and by reflection, which is really a form of narrative where we tell stories to ourselves. I propose a model of narrative learning adapted from the work of Mary Catherine Bateson (1994) that involves recognition of experience, reflection, and reconstruction, which are interrelated to each other as a spiral. In this paper I will first describe my understanding of the importance of narrative and my own experience with narrative learning, then I will describe the narrative learning spiral model. I claim that narrative is ubiquitous and that it is essential for learning.

Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Teaching Methods, Reflection, Models, Asian Culture, American Indian Culture, Masters Programs, Metacognition, Learning Processes, Experience, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Foreign Countries

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Autor: Liu, Xueyang


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