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Living the Stories We Create

Preparing Students for the Digital Age


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Ellen McCabe
    Pages 1-10
  3. Ellen McCabe
    Pages 11-25
  4. Ellen McCabe
    Pages 27-45
  5. Ellen McCabe
    Pages 47-69
  6. Ellen McCabe
    Pages 89-106
  7. Ellen McCabe
    Pages 107-119
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 121-130

About this book


This work explores the potential of digital media to rectify the disparity between formal learning contexts and contemporary perceptions and expectations of narrative. How can education systems respond to the changing technological landscape, thus preparing students to become active participants in society as well as to realise the extent of their own potential? This book explores such concepts in the classroom environment through direct engagement with students and teachers with the case of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Written in approximately 1606, Macbeth has its roots in a culture of orality and yet has sustained through centuries of print dominance. Indeed, as both text and performance the work itself embodies both the literary and the oral. Yet as a staple of many second level curricula increasingly Macbeth is perceived as an educational text. Macbeth reflects its cultural moment, an age of ambiguity where much like today notions of selfhood, privacy, societal structures, media and economy were being called into question. Thus Macbeth can be understood as a microcosm of the challenges existing in contemporary education in both content and form. This book examines Macbeth as a case-study in seeking to explore the implications of digital media for learning, as well as its possible potential to constructively facilitate in realigning formal learning contexts to contemporary experiences of narrative.



Narrative technology Storytelling Cultural discourse Perception Education systems Media landscapes Contemporary experiences of narrative Thought processes Social interaction Print culture Literacy Orality Digital culture Form Medium Macbeth Digital storytelling Modes of expression Systemic change

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Huston School of Film & Digital MediaNational University of Ireland, GalwayGalwayIreland

About the authors

Ellen McCabe holds a PhD in Digital Arts and Humanities from the Huston School of Film and Digital Media at the National University of Ireland Galway. Her research explores the ways in which technology informs narratives and storytelling and the implications of this for education. 

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