Competence development through storytelling
Throughout the last decades the focus in education has grown towards a stronger achievement orientation.
As a consequence discussions arise on lowering the entry age of compulsory school education. In many countries
people discuss curricula even for children under the age of 3. Some say that it is necessary to do so to enhance
the opportunities of disadvantaged children. Others wish to leave no talent underdeveloped and therefore wish for an early school start.
Besides the two views indicated above, there is also a substantial group of experts, who think that young children gain from play
and experience mostly, rather than from being taught.
Storytelling, we believe, is a powerful approach which mediates between these antagonist views, supporting the
development of all European Key Competences. Children listen and are invited to talk about stories, to share thoughts with others
(communication in the mother tongue), they identify with characters, develop empathy (social competences), by listening to stories
and by talking about them, children develop competences of storytelling themselves. This adds to their ability to communicate,
to reflect and to further develop themselves (learning to learn). Also the content of the stories may stimulate competence development.
Thus competences may be developed in any area......
Storytelling for competence development in practice
The Sinbad partnership in its first year developed a number of useful resources for pre and primary school teachers.
Among these resources are the pedagogical framework, the education pack but also a collection of stories. This collection
includes the stories themselves, a mind map which supports the readers to memorise the key elements of the stories, the moral
but also different competence development activities which you can perform with children. The stories serve as an example but also
as inspiration for own ideas.
Have a look at one example story but also check our website for further information: