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It was a great day when...: An exploratory case study of reflective learning through storytelling

Author(s): Angela Tomkins

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 123;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: critical incidents | reflective learning and storytelling

This paper addresses the development of skills in critical reflection drawing on data from a case study with a group of six Leisure Management final year undergraduate students on a post-work experience module. The student’s assessment required them to reconstruct prior learning from ‘critical incidents’ experienced in the workplace which were developed as stories of personal development for use in mock interview situations. The approach involves the implementation of storytelling technique using McDrury and Alterio’s (2003, p. 47) model, “Links between learning and storytelling”. The paper explores the process and concludes that this approach has many benefits for student learning.
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