Taking part by telling stories


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Presentation by Nicola Groves at the third ESRC funded seminar on participatory research with people with learning disabilities

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Taking part by telling stories

  1. 1. Taking part by Telling Stories Nicola Grove Openstorytellers www.openstorytellers.org.uk
  2. 2. Openstorytellers
  3. 3. Research
  4. 4. Story
  5. 5. Process Research Story
  6. 6. Story and research
  7. 7. Theory • A theory is an idea which:• Helps you think about problems • Explains why something happens • Suggests what will happen next
  8. 8. Partial Participation You CAN do something Even if you can’t do EVERYTHING Baumgart et al., 1982
  9. 9. Theories about storytelling what do these images suggest? Stories are what you read to kids: in education this is the dominant idea; almost no oral personal narrative in curriculum Stories are performances by one person, everyone listens quietly. Can lead to “oh dear, I can’t tell stories” & People tell stories together, the listener is actively involved; stories of personal experience are face to face, animated. EVERYONE does this all the time! This is what we do in Storysharing
  10. 10. Storysharing is… • Telling stories together • Using whatever communication skills are available • Focusing on meaning and feelings
  11. 11. Hopes and Dreams project • Photo of girl holding heart cushion, representing love, dreams • Photo of girl holding megaphone to represent voice, speaking up • Ideas you can grasp • cf. Natural semantic metalanguage Wierzbicka, 2010
  12. 12. Community: mobility allowance campaign 2011 • We need money for our bus – jigsaw of bus • Each person chooses a piece of the bus as their contribution • We put the bus jigsaw together – we need all our money • A lady tells the story of how going to Stonehenge in the bus helped her to remember a trip there when she was little – she has just relocated to our home in Wiltshire from the Midlands. This helped her to feel connected and manage the transition. • We sent a DVD of our presentation to the MP. He supported our campaign to keep mobility allowance for people in residential settings
  13. 13. Truth to power: telling stories • We hold participatory meetings about local civic issues where people are supported to share their experiences. Here we are telling them to our MP. We use music, karoake, objects and communication aids so everyone can join in
  14. 14. Key points • Co-authoring • Working together • Finding the one key contribution that each person can make
  15. 15. Contact www.openstorytellers.org.uk For information on Storysharing and community connecting