Unit description

Emphasises the importance of storytelling as a method of transmitting culture. Enables students to enjoy, prepare and tell stories to children.

Unit content

  1. Introduction to the 'power of story'
    • What is storytelling?
    • The power of storytelling in the classroom.
    • Storytelling as a teaching and healing tool
    • Storytelling in a 'new age'
    • Choosing stories for telling (2 weeks)
  2. The art of storytelling
    • Storytelling techniques
    • Props and presentation ideas
    • Learning and telling stories
    • Use of stories across the curriculum

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 3

  • Collins, R & Cooper, PJ, 2005, The power of story: Teaching through storytelling, 2nd edn, Waveland Press, Long Grove, IL.
  • Hamilton, M & Weiss, M, 2005, Children tell stories: Teaching and using storytelling in the classroom, 2nd edn, Richard C Owen, New York, NY.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hours (2 weeks)
Structured online learning 10 (10 weeks)
Digital Story30%
Video storytelling performance50%
Discussion board20%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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