Setting the Stage

  • Emma Parfitt
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Alternative Education book series (PSAE)


This chapter introduces the importance of storytelling, and briefly defines and positions oral storytelling as more than an entertaining space restricted to festivals and storytelling cafes. Storytelling is an entertaining way to enhance a broad range of young people’s skills within the classroom, including students who dislike to read or have English as a second language. This positioning sets the scene for future chapters by (1) outlining current problems with the commodification of storytelling by the culture and entertainment industry, while young people lack access to traditional forms of storytelling in the classroom, and (2) provides a window about what the future role of storytelling in education should be for learning and its use within the classroom.


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