Storytelling: Practice and process as non-textual pedagogy

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Storytelling, as a practice and process, is a longstanding tool and non-textual pedagogy in the field of library and information science. Storytelling is also the topic of a graduate course taught for the past eleven years by the author as a tool for all forms of professional communication. This article explores the non-textual (and selected textual) pedagogies involved in teaching storytelling as an interactive communication practice. This pedagogical approach defines storytelling as involving a dynamic triangle of telling, listening, and story, drawing on both folklore and storytelling performance scholarship. Three themes weave throughout the syllabus: ethics, applications, and technologies. Storytelling brings the teller and audience into a reciprocal process of listening and telling, from which a fresh story of professional meaning and purpose can emerge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-19
Number of pages5
JournalEducation for Information
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2018


  • Storytelling
  • communication
  • interaction
  • listening
  • professional storytelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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