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Storytelling as an Active Learning Tool to Engage Students in a Genetics Classroom

    Author: Karobi Moitra1
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Biology, Trinity Washington University, College of Arts and Sciences, 125 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20017
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    • Published 15 December 2014
    • Corresponding author. Mailing address: Department of Biology, Trinity Washington University, College of Arts and Sciences, 125 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington DC 20017. Phone: 202-884-9225. Fax: 202-884-9229. E-mail: MoitraK@trinitydc.edu.
    • ©2014 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology.
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2014 vol. 15 no. 2 332-334. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.815
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    Abstract:

    Storytelling is an ancient art that originated long before the written word. Storytelling interspersed with traditional lectures has been used as a teaching tool in an Introductory Genetics course. Students have eagerly responded to the storytelling pedagogy, suggesting that it can be leveraged to help students grasp complicated theories, engage students, and help improve student retention in STEM fields.

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1. Moitra K 2014 The call of the story: innovative approaches in STEM classrooms Lilly International Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning, Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning Bethesda, MD (abstract)
2. Moitra K 2014 Teaching strategies in the sciences: the ancient art of storytelling Lilly International Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning, Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning Bethesda, MD (abstract)
3. O’Brien SJ 2003 Tears of the cheetah: and other tales from the genetic frontier St. Martins Press New York, NY
4. Rossiter M 2002 Narrative and stories in adult teaching and learning ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult Career and Vocational Education Columbus, OH
5. Wells S 2002 The journey of man: a genetic odyssey Princeton University Press Princeton, NJ
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Abstract:

Storytelling is an ancient art that originated long before the written word. Storytelling interspersed with traditional lectures has been used as a teaching tool in an Introductory Genetics course. Students have eagerly responded to the storytelling pedagogy, suggesting that it can be leveraged to help students grasp complicated theories, engage students, and help improve student retention in STEM fields.

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Bar chart depicting the results of a student survey on the storytelling pedagogy.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2014 vol. 15 no. 2 332-334. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.815
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