Storytelling in Early Childhood is a captivating book which explores the multiple dimensions of storytelling and story acting and shows how they enrich language and literacy learning in the early years. Foregrounding the power of children's own stories in the early and primary years, it provides evidence that storytelling and story acting, a pedagogic approach first developed by Vivian Gussin Paley, affords rich opportunities to foster learning within a play-based and language-rich curriculum. The book explores a number of themes and topics, including:
the role of imaginary play and its dynamic relationship to narrative;
how socially situated symbolic actions enrich the emotional, cognitive and social development of children;
how the interrelated practices of storytelling and dramatisation enhance language and literacy learning, and contribute to an inclusive classroom culture;
the challenges practitioners face in aligning their understanding of child literacy and learning with a narrow, mandated curriculum which focuses on measurable outcomes.
Driven by an international approach and based on new empirical studies, this volume further advances the field, offering new theoretical and practical analyses of storytelling and story acting from complementary disciplinary perspectives.
This book is a potent and engaging read for anyone intrigued by Paley's storytelling and story acting curriculum, as well as those practitioners and students with a vested interest in early years literacy and language learning.
With contributions from Vivian Gussin Paley, Patricia `Patsy` Cooper, Dorothy Faulkner, Natalia Kucirkova, Gillian Dowley McNamee and Ageliki Nicolopoulou.
Teresa Cremin is Professor of Education (Literacy), The Open University, UK Rosie Flewitt is Reader in Early Communication and Literacy, UCL Institute of Education, UK Ben Mardell is Project Director at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA Joan Swann is Emeritus Professor of English Language, The Open University, UK
Foreword Vivan Gussin Paley Introduction Teresa Cremin, Rosie Flewitt, Ben Mardell and Joan Swann 1. Laying the foundations: narrative and early learning Teresa Cremin and Rosie Flewitt 2. Paley's approach to storytelling and story-acting: research and practice Rosie Flewitt, Teresa Cremin and Ben Mardell 3. Promoting oral narrative skills in low-income pre-schoolers through storytelling and story acting Ageliki Nicolopoulou 4. Apprentice story writers: exploring young children's print awareness and agency in early story authoring Teresa Cremin 5. Young children as storytellers: Collective meaning making and sociocultural transmission Dorothy Faulkner 6. Stories in interaction: creative collaborations in storytelling and story acting Joan Swann 7. Dramatic changes: learning in storytelling and story acting Gillian Dowley McNamee 8. Vivian Paley's `pedagogy of meaning': helping Wild Things grow up to be garbage men Patricia M Cooper 9. Equity and diversity through story: a multimodal perspective Rosie Flewitt 10. Promoting democratic classroom communities through storytelling and story acting Ben Mardell and Natalia Kucirkova 11. Storytelling and story acting: rays of hope for the creative early years classroom Ben Mardell and Joan Swann Index