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This book explores the many pedagogical uses of Story in psychology instruction. Rich with teaching tips, examples, resources, and outcome data, the collected chapters serve as both a reference for developing creative uses of Story in the (real or virtual) classroom and as an example of evidence-based scholarship in the field.  The volume is organized into sections focusing on the theoretical underpinnings of Story, the autobiographical use of Story, application of Story in different course contexts, and interdisciplinary perspectives on the pedagogical use of Story.  

ISBN: 978-1-941804-41-4   

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Table of Contents
Foreword  5
R. Eric Landrum
The Power of Story as an Instructional Strategy 7
Karen Brakke, Jeremy Ashton Houska, Xin Zhao, Sherry Lynn Kinslow, Amanda Clinton, and Brad Campbell
The Use of Story among Teachers of Psychology 14
Jeremy Ashton Houska, Karen Brakke, Sherry Lynn Kinslow, Xin Zhao, Brad Campbell, and Amanda Clinton
Section 1: Comprehension of Stories 
Weaving Yarns into Good Psychological Science Education 27
Richard L. Miller and William J. Wozniak
Remembering Stories: Constructing Elaborate Situation Models in Memory 40
David E. Copeland, Kathleen G. Larson, and Michael T. Palena
Encouraging Comprehension: Insights from Research on Reading Stories 49
Jeffrey E. Foy
Section 2: Using Students’ Autobiographical Stories 
The Story of Your Life: Personal Mission Statements as Guiding Narratives for Young Adults 60
H. Russell Searight and Barbara K. Searight
Lives-as-Text: Assigning Self-Narrative to Inform Learning 69
Joyce Fields, Karen C. Thompson, & Shirley Huisman
Telling Research Stories: Formulating Coherent Narratives in Research Intensive Courses 79
Jeremy Ashton Houska and Meredith Drew
Family Stories as Springboards for Learning 87
Robyn Fivush and Natalie Merrill
Section 3: Incorporating Story in the Classroom 
Antsy Students Impatient to Leave Class and Faculty Captive in NPR Driveway Moments: Enhancing Science Classes with Personal Stories 98
Kevin H. Grobman
Phenomenology of the Story in Dialogue: Narrative as Pedagogy in Psychology 116
Matthew Draper, David Polizzi, Daniel Sturtevant, and James McGraw
Fairy Tales and Murder Mysteries: Using Stories in Statistics to Increase Learning and Understanding 127
Jana Hackathorn and Brien K. Ashdown
Holistic Learning to Holistic Help: Use of Case-Based Education in Promoting Psychological Literacy in Clinical Psychological Education 136
Gerald E. Nissley, Jr. and Michael Atwood
Section 4: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Story 
The Play’s the Thing! Theatre and Narrative Transportation in Education 145
Sally Bailey
The Pedagogical Strategies of Implementing Story from a Feminist Perspective 164
Jennifer J. Mootz and Debra Mollen
Storytelling through Pictures and Words: The Use of Comics for Teaching 173
Kris Gunawan and David E. Copeland
Author Biographies 182

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We suggest that the overall text be referenced in this fashion:

Brakke, K., & Houska, J.A. (2015). Telling stories: The art and science of storytelling as an instructional strategy. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:

Individual chapters may be referenced in this fashion:

Miller, R.L., & Wozniak, W.J. (2015). Weaving yarns into good psychological science education. In K. Brakke & J.A. Houska (Eds.). Telling stories: The art and science of storytelling as an instructional strategy. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site: 

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