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Pedagogical Storytelling + Problem-Based Learning

Updated: Jul 4, 2021




Hi Connectors:


It should come as no surprise to learn or realize that "Humans are storytellers. We have, virtually forever, used stories to communicate, to pass on wisdom, and to spur imagination" (Macdonald 1999; Hasse 2018). Not only that, if you take a moment to recall an anecdotal story you have shared with someone or vice-versa, you will notice that among the series of events told was a challenge(s) to over come and/or problem to resolve.


So what is Problem-Based Learning (PBL)?

Problem-based learning (PBL) is a "student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem found in trigger material. The PBL process does not focus on problem solving with a defined solution, but it allows for the development of other desirable skills and attributes. This includes knowledge acquisition, enhanced group collaboration and communication" - Wikipedia.


And what about Freytag's Pyramid, how does that come into play with PBL ?

Dramatic structure is the structure of a dramatic work such as a play or film. Freytag's pyramid refers to this structure in his five-part model that summaries the conflict of man against man, the hero and his adversary" Wikipedia. Where the 'adversary' refers to the various problem(s) or challenge(s) along the journey, that you the 'hero' must resolve.

Below is an interactive that explains each of the 5 parts. We came across an awesome set of #LottieFiles from Farhad Taheri and got inspired haha. Click on each circle to see.

Having trouble seeing the interactive above? If so CLICK HERE to view it in a browser window.


The give-and-take between events, challenges/problems, a resolution and/or change are central components of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) strategies and Pedagogical Storytelling / Story Training techniques. And though these methodologies are valuable separately, utilizing them together is highly recommended for unlearning and learning initiatives that promote better decision-making across various facets of society.


Please consult the SOURCE to learn more about Freytag's Pyramid!

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