Narrative communication in the teaching and learning process is an act of enhancing attention of learners through storytelling. Scholars have recently focused on the development of narrative approaches to classroom teaching and learning activities so that learners can understand educational experiences. A teacher’s main objective is to encourage learners to be attentive so as to acquire new concepts and information. However, a classroom comprises of learners with different traits as well as capabilities. Therefore, the method used by the instructor should be suitable so as to attract the attention of all the learners. One method that can help in achieving this is narrative communication. This paper reviews recent progress on sharing learning through narrative communication.
According to current research, people are readily enticed into a story because it stirs emotions in a convincing manner. Therefore, sharing stories that every learner can identify with could be a powerful educational tool that may have a very suitable place in communication courses that are offered in the university. For example, teachers of education courses can use narratives to enhance the learning experience and at the same time uphold cohesiveness in the classroom. Moreover, the technique can be used in enabling students acquire development skills needed for them to attain leadership positions.
For a long time now, written narrative has been used for language and moral development. But recently, it has been revived by performance practices where teachers devise means of adopting narratives in order to enhance learning. Through narratives, learners are now able to appreciate chronology, dilemmas and emotions. Classroom storytelling has mediated knowledge acquisition in various courses in the universities, besides allowing learners to socialize.
Research has also found that teacher development is enhanced through narratives by allowing the teacher to produce their own accounts during teaching (Coste, 1989). In so doing, they are able to reflect and evaluate their own as well as other tutors’ teaching methods and beliefs. Narrative communication could form the foundation for an entire curriculum because it plays a vital role in memory and internalizing of knowledge. Educators foresee a narrative centered program that pivots the organizational aspects of our inherent cognitive senses for perceiving stories. This insight has led education scholars into believing that all learning can be carried out within the narrative context. The ability to construct stories in the mind is one of the essential and concrete means of enhancing meaning. When stories are exchanged between the teacher and students, a deeper...