Is Storytelling Important For Practitioners Working With Children?
Storytelling is important to practitioners working with children as it supports social and emotional development while achieving cognitive potential, making mental resilience to understand oneself. Erikson (1950) suggested that our emotional wellbeing and development are important in developing our identity and how we fit into society. it also comprehends through a story character a child can imagine themselves in situations. It also comprehends Maslow’s (1943, 1954) hierarchy of needs as through the process of being in improving social context, diversity, and self-esteem in children’s learning. Storytellers enhance the future for children by encouraging them to “explore our thoughts and feelings” (Rubin and Wilson, 1995, p.6), as oppose to drifting on the surface of emotions. Maslow (1970) believed that to achieve our full potential (self-actualization), one must consider self-esteem, all basic needs must be met; such as the need for food, safety, love, and self-esteem. “Better emotional well-being is a significant predictor of higher academic progression in primary school (i.e., from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2)” (DFE, 2012, p.29); this supports the importance of storytelling in children’s social and emotional development.
Who says do practitioners need to be reflective and observant to support this?
Schön (1983) suggested the capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning was one of the defining…