Storytelling competences for adult educators in basic education and political education

The StoryComp project develops a comprehensive, sequential blended learning approach with the aim of systematically establishing storytelling as a method in two areas of adult education: basic education and political education/education on active citizenship.

Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of education: Through stories, people have always shared their experiences, observations, insights, cultural beliefs, traditions, history. What is quite normal and entertaining around the campfire is still far too little used in adult education with its potential. We know not only from everyday experience, but also scientifically confirmed, e.g. by the neurobiologist Gerald Hüther, how important the emotional level is for remembering: “Everything that gets under the skin is inevitably better stored” (Reference) But this is not the only reason why contents that are conveyed through stories are easier to remember: “Pure information can only be linked to a limited extent. But if you package it into a story, you provide many points of reference to already existing memory content” (ibidem).
Adult education can and should take advantage of this – and there the StoryComp project comes in. For this project, a European partnership of seven countries with experts in the relevant fields has come together to produce the following materials:

  1. Methodological framework
    … as a basis for the StoryComp concept, which aims at providing self-directed training opportunities for adult educators in storytelling as a creative method for promoting competence acquisition among adult learners in basic education and education on active citizenship.
  2. Online course and platform
    … as the “heart” of the project and a prerequisite for adult educators to be able to fundamentally acquire the method of storytelling with the online course and to have the necessary resources for its implementation and application in practice (European collection of suitable stories, video tutorials on techniques and methods, instructions for storytelling workshops, etc.). The platform will also provide the possibility of a virtual storytelling community where adult educators can network with others, share experiences and discuss.
  3. Guidance for storytelling workshops with adult educators
    … as a practice-oriented, modular and thus directly and flexibly applicable guideline with the aim to motivate and guide adult educators to practice and improve their storytelling skills together with colleagues in workshops.

All products of the project will be available as open educational resources on the StoryComp platform, freely usable and modifiable.

The target groups of the project, which also will be directly involved in the development and implementation of the project in all partner countries, are adult educators in the field of basic education and in the field of education on active citizenship and political education. In addition, the project is aimed at people with responsibility for the further development of educational concepts of the institutions and for the further training of adult educators, too.


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StoryComp – Storytelling competences for adult educators in basic education and political education

Funding programm: Erasmus+
Project number: 2020-1-DE02-KA204-007574
Theme: Storytelling, Active citizenship/Political education, Basic skills and competences
Project periodm: 01.11.2020 – 31.10.2022
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Projekt partners:

    • Stadt Leipzig Volkshochschule, Germany (coordinator)
    • CVO VOLT, Belgium
    • Die Wiener Volkshochschulen, Austria
    • Fabula Storytelling, Sweden
    • LU Jesenice, Slovenia
    • PLATO, Netherlands
    • Pistes Solidaires, France
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