Thursday, June 21, 2007


At the Play, Creativity and Digital Cultures conference Beth told me about the Storyline approach, and I’ve only just got around to looking it up. The interesting thing explained here is that the “Pupils engage with the Storyline through role play in which they themselves become the characters in the story.” – now doesn’t that sound remarkably similar to virtual world scenarios? I’ve been reading more, and rather like my idea of a virtual world inviting exploration and participation through a constellation of literacy practices, the Scottish work does the same thing, albeit through traditional media. So this is quoted from the Storyline site: “The Storyline method poses problems and asks questions of pupils rather than giving them answers to questions they have never asked. The pupils and the teacher explore ideas together. The approach is essentially experiential and constructivist. It draws the curriculum together using the environment and social subjects as a stimulus to explore, using expressive arts and language as a means of discussing, describing and explaining. Research and reference skills are extended as pupils are encouraged to search for answers and information in various ways..”


DrJoolz said...
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DrJoolz said...

I don't really get this. Do the kids role play? Like in structured drama?

Guy Merchant said...

I saw it more as an ongoing role-play in which they take parts in a narrative that unfolds over time (unstructured drama?)...but that's guess work. Beth Cross is the expert, better ask her!