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Storytelling / Narratives and Learning

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Shawn at Anecdote wrote a nice post on impact of Storytelling / Narratives on Learning in a organization – What I believe about learning

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people don’t think they’ve learned anything until they’ve reflected on what happened. When I conduct lessons learning sessions I get the same response. “So, what did you learn from the project” I’d ask. “Hmmm, let me think … no, nup, there was nothing new for me,” is a typical reply. We then start recounting the stories from the project and I then hear things like, “Hey, remember how we got our funding. What a mess. Remind me to just say no if it looks like that again.” The learning comes at this point of reflecting not in the act of work in many cases.

learning is social—it benefits from conversations. While I believe learning can learn on your own, most learning comes through interacting with people. Learning richness increases as multiple perspectives are described, discussed, challenged and explored.

we learn through experience, and experience is shared through stories. I remember my honours year at uni spending 2 months researching the geomorphology of macro-tidal rivers, ‘learning about’ interference ripples, point bars and sedimentary structures.

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Written by anol

October 27th, 2006 at 11:01 am

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  1. “people don’t think they’ve learned anything until they’ve reflected on what happened”

    I don’t think this is always true. Learning can take place during the “aha!” moment, the flash of inspiration when a problem is being solved.

    coleman yee

    27 Oct 06 at 3:29 pm

  2. Coleman – I’ll actually agree with Shawn here. I think that ‘aha’ moment can be replicated or re-created again in same / similar pattern only when we reflect back.

    I will like to call that incident as codification of tacit knowledge in brain-ware – what do you think? :)


    27 Oct 06 at 3:47 pm

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