Telling tales together : A study of children's collaborative oral story-making and performance

McSeveney, Anne-Marie (2011). Telling tales together : A study of children's collaborative oral story-making and performance. EdD thesis The Open University.



This study is of relevance to primary teachers, teacher educators and librarians interested in developing storytelling with children. It sets out to establish the key skills involved in the process of children's collaborative creation of stories and in their collaborative performance of these stories for and audience. Children's collaborative story-making and telling was studied in two Scottish primary schools. In one school the context was an after-school storytelling club for children in Primary 3 and 4. In the other school, the context was a series of class storytelling sessions with a composite P5-7 class.

The research indicates that development of the skills involved in children's collaborative story-making and storytelling are dependent on their previous experience and are also complex and interdependent. It indicates that these skills include: the collaborative skills of creating, understanding and applying ground rules, of turn taking, listening and building on previous contributions; the social skills of interacting with peers and with an audience; the learning skills of memorising and of evaluating their own and others' performances; the linguistic skills of creating a narrative with structure and themes which satisfy an audience, of recognising and using different types of talk in different contexts and of borrowing language appropriately from other contexts; the performance skills of performing a narrative that satisfies an audience, of use of voice and of interaction with an audience.

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