Using Narratives to Teach Students Enrolled in Science and Medical Science Bachelor’s Degree Programs

  • Chaturaka RodrigoEmail author
  • Nicodemus Tedla
  • Shane Thomas
  • Patsie Polly
  • Cristan Herbert
  • Gary Velan
  • Darren N. Saunders
Short Communication



Narratives (as opposed to stories) can assess multiple facets of the same problem through the viewpoints of different characters.


Narratives related to three cancer patients, from diagnosis to cure or death, were used to teach seven cancer-related themes in a Cancer Pathology course offered to third-year medical science and science (college) undergraduates.


The majority of students preferred narrative-based learning compared with traditional learning methods because they felt that it improved their learning experience and retention of information.


Narrative-based learning may improve the learning experience of students by contextualizing complex concepts and highlighting real-world applications of knowledge.


Narrative-based learning Pathology Cancer Undergraduate education Medical science 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Ethics Approval

Ethical approval for this study was granted by The Human Research Ethics Advisory Panel of the University of New South Wales (Approval no: HC171023).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pathology, School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of MedicineUNSWSydneyAustralia

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