Young People, Learning and Storytelling

  • Emma Parfitt

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Alternative Education book series (PSAE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Emma Parfitt
    Pages 1-31
  3. Emma Parfitt
    Pages 99-132
  4. Emma Parfitt
    Pages 175-183
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 185-204

About this book


This book explores the lives of young people through the lens of storytelling. Using extensive qualitative and empirical data from young people’s conversations following storytelling performances in secondary schools in the UK, the author considers the benefits of stories and storytelling for learning and the subsequent emotional, behavioural and social connections to story and other genres of narrative. Storytelling has both global and transnational relevance in education, as it allows individuals to compare their experiences to others: young people learn through discussion that their opinions matter, that they are both similar to and different from their peers. This in turn can facilitate the development of critical thinking skills as well as encouraging social learning, co-operation and cohesion. Drawing upon folklore and literary studies as well as sociology, philosophy, youth studies and theatre, this volume explores how storytelling can shape the lives of young people through storytelling projects. This reflective and creative volume will appeal to students and scholars of storytelling, youth studies and folklore.

Emma Parfitt is is an independent storytelling researcher, and the author of Seascape, a collection of short stories based on the enclosed research. Her research focuses on the importance of stories in education and how these in turn can shape who we become.


Storytelling in education Learning and imagination Fairy tales and learning Storyteller students Storytelling and emotion

Authors and affiliations

  • Emma Parfitt
    • 1
  1. 1.EdinburghUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-00751-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-00752-2
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