Bigger than Bubble Cheeks: The Case Study of a Storyteller in a Multicultural Classroom.
Seidel, Jennifer A.
- Since the late twentieth century, research on narrative style and development has shown significant variation between and among the narrative styles of different cultural groups, both in content and form. Beyond providing an interesting reflection of diverse cultural values and practices, this variation has a direct impact on the experiences of children in multicultural classrooms. Storytelling is... read morea valuable way in which many skills and much knowledge are developed in school. However, many teachers are only aware of the culturally dominant school-based narrative style, and therefore are not able to properly understand and work with the narratives told by students of non-dominant cultures. While this has become a well-recognized issue in the field of discourse analysis and education, it is still unaddressed in many classrooms today. This study presents the case of a particularly diverse preschool classroom and one enthusiastic storyteller whose style does not match the dominant narrative expectations. An analysis of his stories and the literary skills he is developing are presented, followed by a discussion of his school setting and the implications of diverse narrative styles in multicultural classrooms.read less