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.
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I'm interested in the brain science of storytelling and so was excited to learn about this book. And I was encouraged to read the opening chapters where the author correctly discusses the need for a better definition of story and a more complete understanding of why it's so effective and when to use it.
But with each chapter, I found the book was simply not very good. For instance, chapter 9, which supposedly summarizes the vast research on storytelling, simply quotes different researchers who say vague things like "story is the foundation of all human understanding" and "story facilitates social connections." No data given to back this up. Just paragraph after paragraph of other people's quotes. Although the bibliography contains all the source research, which presumably I must now look up and read on my own.
The brain science is interesting but woefully incomplete. It suffers from the same problem as chapter 9; vague rhetorical assertions that we are...
"Story Proof is a great book, deserving to be read by masses of people. . . "
Tea time was over. I looked out the window of the common room down on Buccleuch Street. The sky, streets, and buildings of Edinburgh were gray again like the clouds. Then Simon spoke up, "Back to work boys!" One by one we stood up and shuffled for the door. As we headed out, I spoke to my professor. I had to get something off my chest. "Jim," I said, "I'm having a hard time. . . getting my head around the book you asked me to read."
I waited a bit anxiously for his response. He looked at me, smiled, and said, "Well, reading a book sometimes is like hitting yourself over the head with a book." I laughed and promised that I would keep trying. The material was complex and new to me, but it also was dull and poorly written. Besides learning about communication theory, I was learning that some of the brightest academics in the world are bad writers.
StoryBranding(TM) 2.0: Creating Standout Brands Through the Purpose of StoryThe subject of stories has received a great deal of attention as of late. But upon close analysis the word 'story' is quite fuzzy and has many meanings. What is a story really? Something with a beginning, middle and end? A white lie? A news report? You'd be surprised at what can be found out just researching this question, which is what Kendall Haven did for 10 years while writing this book.
This is THE book about stories, what they are and why they are so powerful. No other comes close. If you have even the slightest interest in story as a tool to enhance communication to persuade, engage audiences, or just to entertain, this is not only a must read, it should be a first read. I refer to it often and probably will for a long time. It's incredibly well researched, and...
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