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From Memorization to Realization

Poster 12

5/21/24, 9:30 PM

We lay out simple steps to unite narrative-based learning with concept maps in order to facilitate students in connecting personal experiences with concepts, thus enhancing retention of information.

Mary Berger

Texas Woman’s University

Shaiza A. Ahmed,

Texas Woman’s University


Storytelling, Concept Mapping, Instructional Skills

Historically, storytelling has been used to entertain, disseminate information and propagate values and traditions. Even today, the podcast generation is conditioned by storytelling. In the classroom, instructors use storytelling to capture their students' attention, create new perspectives and provide specific examples related to concepts. If you are here, you are likely interested in the power of storytelling as a pedagogy. However, you might feel that it is an overwhelming process which requires a lot of time and effort. This presentation lays out simple steps used to marry storytelling with concept maps to help students connect personal experiences with concepts to enable critical thinking and enhance retention of information through narrative based learning.

Hear it from the author:

From Memorization to Realization


I would be singing to the choir if I tried to explain Storytelling and Concept maps to you. There is
a plethora of published research about these successful student-engaging techniques. We are
here to talk about our experience in combining these two pedagogies and the student's
experience of it. If you are reading this, you might be interested in the power of storytelling as a
pedagogy. However, you might feel that it is an overwhelming process that will require a lot of
time and effort to create an activity. So in our poster we lay out the simple steps we used to marry
concept maps with storytelling to help students connect personal experiences with new concepts.
This should enhance retention and enable students to think more critically about these new topics.
So if you are interested in this activity, please be sure to stop by our poster.

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Landrum, R. E., Brakke, K., & McCarthy, M. A. (2019). The pedagogical power of storytelling. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 5(3), 247–253. 

Barbu, B. (2022) Comic-book science and science comic books C&EN Global Enterprise  2022, 100, 16, 48 (Article) DOI: 10.1021/cen-10016-newscripts

Eachempati P, Ramnarayan K, Ks KK, Mayya A. (2016)  Concept Maps for Teaching, Training, Testing and Thinking. MedEdPublish . 2020 Aug 19;9:171. doi: 10.15694/mep.2020.000171.1. PMID: 38073793; PMCID: PMC10702656.

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