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Story Proof

  • Title:Story Proof: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story
  • Author:Kendall Haven
  • Publication Date:October 2007
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781591585466
  • Publisher:ABC-Clio

Like Stephen Krashen's important work in The Power of Reading, Story Proof collects and analyzes the research that validates the importance of story, story reading, and storytelling to the brain development and education of children and adults. Accomplished researcher and storyteller Kendall Haven, establishes the need for understanding the research findings in neural psychology and brain development and the value of a common definition of story if one is to fully grasp the importance and necessity of story to the development of the human mind. To support his case, he reviews a wealth of research from storytellers, teachers, and others who have experienced the power of story firsthand.

The author has collected anecdotal experiences from over 100 performing storytellers and from 1,800 story practitioners (mostly teachers) who have made extensive use of stories. He has read more than 150 qualitative and quantitative research studies that discuss the effectiveness of stories and/or storytelling for one or more specific applications (education, organizational management, knowledge management, medical and narrative therapy, etc.). Forty of these studies were literature reviews and comparative studies including analysis of over 1,000 studies and descriptive articles. He has also gathered research evidence from his own story performances for total audiences of over 4 million and from conducting story writing workshops with 200,000 students and 40,000 teachers.

Highlights:

The mind-boggling and extraordinary truth is that each and every one of these thousands of original sources agrees with the general premise that stories are effective. Story Proof offers proof positive that stories work.

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Author Bio

Kendall Haven is the only internationally recognized expert in the science of story structure, participating in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Narrative Networks project to research the neural and cognitive science of how stories exert influence. Previously, Haven spent eight years as a senior research scientist for the Department of Energy. His published works include 24 books from Libraries Unlimited, including Story Proof: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story; Crash Course in Storytelling; and Super Simple Storytelling: A Can-Do Guide for Every Classroom, Every Day.

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