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  • By Wilma Clark
    Oct 15, 2009
    "A Narrative Delight" Inside Stories is the kind of book you will want to read again and again. Its true-to-life characters, “real” and imagined, easily draw the reader into the magical world of the storyteller. The multilayered conversations of participants on a shared journey: Jerome, the professor; Ada, the technologist; Chris, the primary schoolteacher and her two charges, siblings Jo (14) and Alex (8), with supporting cast: Peter, the secondary ICT teacher, Claire, the storytelling waitress, and the unnamed sour Ticket Inspector in his bilious yellow uniform, will make your eyes twinkle and your lips twitch. The two young learners made the story for me and the interaction between adults and children keeps the tale light, funny and realistic. As a story, this book is quite simply great fun to read and, through these engaging characters, will have a wide appeal: for teachers, parents, researchers, as well as students and younger learners interested in storytelling and... More > creative writing. The book also has its serious side and presents (if you’ll pardon the pun) a “novel” look, not only at educational research on narrative learning and digital technologies, but also at the processes, practices and patterns of participation in the research process. Inside Stories presents storytelling as an active, dynamic process. Not only is it an aid to imaginative, creative learning, it is also a way of extending the learner’s context, imagination, developmental and creative impulses. Myths are chased, challenges are met face on, and celebrations shared with much humour and aplomb. As a writer, I particularly enjoyed “Sugar coated sea monsters”; as a new researcher, I loved (and learned a lot from) “Jerome and Chris plan a study”; as a former teacher of ICT, I laughed at “Jerome is jumped by zombies”; and as a reader who loves stories and books, I was enamoured by the final tale of “the old researcher who has always treasured the book”. Perhaps the most successful element of Inside Stories, however, is the way it combines simple language with subtly complex narratives to convey a sophisticated treasury of ideas and connections around people, narratives, technologies and learning. Inside Stories breaks the research mould - it's not stuffy, it's not 'over your head', it's just a delightful and enjoyable read.< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9780955981708
Edition
Paperback edition
Publisher
NILE Press
Published
November 3, 2008
Language
English
Pages
294
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.1 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
Product ID
3824517
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