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Story Proof The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story

ISBN-10: 1591585465
ISBN-13: 9781591585466
Edition: 2007
Authors: Kendall Haven
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Description: Like Stephen Krashen's important work in the Power of Reading, The Amazing Science Behind the Power of Story collects and analyzes the research which validates the importance of story, story reading and storytelling to the brain development and  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 164
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Like Stephen Krashen's important work in the Power of Reading, The Amazing Science Behind the Power of Story collects and analyzes the research which validates the importance of story, story reading and storytelling to the brain development and education of children and adults. Accomplished researcher and storyteller, Kendall Haven, posits the need for understanding the research findings in the area of neural psychology and brain development and the value of a common definition in order to fully grasp the importance and necessity of story to the development of the human mind and reviews the wealth of research from storytellers, teachers and others who have experienced first hand the power of story. The author has collected anecdotal experiences from over 100 performing storytellers and from 1,800 story practitioners (mostly teachers) who have made extensive use of stories. He has read more than 150 qualitative and quantitative research studies that discuss the effectiveness of stories and/or storytelling for one or more specific applications (education, organizational management, knowledge management, medical and narrative therapy, etc.). Forty of these studies were literature reviews and comparative studies including analysis of over 1,000 studies and descriptive articles. He has also gathered research evidence from his own story performances for total audiences of over 4 million and from conducting story writing workshops with 200,000 students and 40,000 teachers. The mind-boggling and extraordinary truth is that each and every one of these thousands of original sources agrees with the general premise that stories work and that they are effective. Not one out of these thousands of references claimed or even suggested that stories don't work!

Introduction: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
Story Smarts
Opening Arguments: More Than You Imagined
The Power of Stories
The Inside Story
So, What Is a Story?
The Blanket Myth
The Binary Association Myth
The Childhood Myth
The Dictionary's Turn: The Final Myth
The Story Step: What It Means to Us
Starting at the Top: A Nod to the Noodle
What's in This Gray Goo?
Watching You Think
A Few Relevant Parts of the Brain
Brain Development
Cells That Fire Together Wire Together
What It Means for Us
Noggin Know-How: The Mind Is What the Brain Does
Owner's Manual for the Human Mind: The Concepts That Govern the Mind's Story Map
The Magnificent Seven in Action
What It Means for Us
Mind Mechanics
Eleven Mental Tools
Why Do We Do It? What It Means for Us
Thanks for the Memories
Memory Mechanics: Making Memories
Remember the Alamo!: What You Remember
Remember Me Fondly: How You Remember
What It Means for Us
That Reminds Me of a Story: A Better Definition
Do Researchers Agree?
What Is a Story?
What It Means for Us
Story Proof
A Peek at the Anecdotes
Six Examples of Anecdotal Evidence
What It Means for Us
The Value of Anecdotes
We've Reached the Research Results
Using Stories Improves Comprehension
Story Structure Improves Logical Thinking and General (Cross-Curriculum) Learning
Using Story and Story Structure Enhances Meaning
Stories Create Motivation and Enthusiasm for Learning
Stories Create Involvement and a Sense of Community
Story Structure Improves Literacy and Language Mastery
Story Structure Improves Writing Success
Story Structure Enhances Memory
A Final Summation
The Proof Is in the Pudding: Putting Stories to Work for You
General Advice
Advice for Educators
Advice for Leaders
Advice for Outreach Communicators
Fiction versus Nonfiction: A Final Comfort and Warning
Bibliography
Index

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