BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)
Faculty / School
Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)
Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts
Date of Award
Date of Submission
Adnan Ahmed Qureshi, Visiting Faculty, Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, IBA, Karachi.
SSLA Culminating Experience
Story telling, Imaginative Play, Children, Pedagogy, Teaching
Sharing stories is what we do every day. When I tell someone about my day, I am essentially telling them a story. Children learn to tell stories through mundane anecdotes as well as well-structured stories told to them by their parents and grandparents. It is well established that stories ignite imagination in all ages and cultures but we still debate about the best way to tell a story. With the advent of printing press, a lot of things changed, so did our practice of storytelling. The human race developed itself from oral to written culture. And then, with availability of technology, it moved even further to viewing stories instead of hearing or reading them. This has resulted in a decreased element of the interpersonal aspect that a story contained in itself. But what impact have these changes made on the Imagination of our young ones? Keeping these transitions in mind, I will compare these three ways of storytelling and try to investigate which method best helps in sparking flares of imagination in children. Another point of my project is to show the importance of flexibility in our teaching pedagogies. It is to emphasize that one way is not enough. We must, as educational researchers, keep our view wide and not fixed in stone. The best way for my participants, as I will show through my intervention, is a mix of the oldest i.e. Oral culture and the most advanced technology. While my project shows the advantages of these pedagogies in encouraging the imaginative capacities of the children, it also aims to refute the most widely practices method of teaching language in the classrooms of Pakistan today-Shared reading. This paper aims to encourage teachers and lesson planners to come out of the conventional modes of teaching, to think forward and, to come up with interesting, innovative ways for developing our young minds.
Syed, N. (2017). Fostering imagination through storytelling (Unpublished undergraduate project). Institute of Business Administration, Pakistan. Retrieved from https://ir.iba.edu.pk/sslace/18
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