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Sheherazade, 1001 stories for adult learning
Start date: 01 Dec 2011,

Content, language and performance turn stories into genuine products of their culture. In a multicultural Europe, it is absolutely necessary that bridges are built between the different cultures. Storytelling provides the ideal vehicle for competence acquisition, empowerment and social inclusion and to stimulate the intercultural dialogue. The Sheherazade project introduces storytelling and the use of storytelling techniques as an educational strategy and a pedagogical and motivational tool in formal and non formal adult learning in order to enhance the transversal key competences of disadvantaged citizens and to improve the language skills of adult learners. The project will develop new methodologies and materials for using stories and storytelling in teaching and learning. It will also develop the teacher capacity for implementing them by introducing them as an innovative approach and new content in initial and in-service training for adult educators. The project will focus on the linguistic, interactive, performing, social, inter generational, cultural and multicultural aspects of stories and storytelling. Sheherazade will do this through curriculum research, methodology research, collecting good practice and piloting - with action research - storytelling projects in a wide range of social cultural settings. This will be presented in a manual (in EN, FR, DE, NL, BG, SE, ES), video material, and other resources, and will feed into national and international training of adult educators, Grundtvig courses and Grundtvig Learning Partnerships. We expect a higher competence acquisition level, higher motivation and better integration of adult learners, new skills and motivation to use these new educational techniques for adult educators, and awareness of the potential of stories and storytelling in adult education for curriculum developers and policy makers.
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