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Kleine verhalen

Narrativiteit met multimedia in sociale beroepen


Kees J.M. van Haaster


Uitgeverij Coutinho, Bussum (2006)

ISBN-10 90 469 0021 5
ISBN-13 978 90 369 0021 5
NUR 752

Summary in English

Personal histories
Digital storytelling in social work

By nature people try to make sense of their lives by merging all sorts of impressions and experiences into personal histories. For social workers personal histories are a starting point to explore a clients’ perspective and to support personal and social constructs for development and change. After all in stories it’s possible to play with expectations, roles and scenes.
In this book social professionals and students learn how to work with a narrative approach. First the author sets out ways in which personal histories can be built by using multimedia techniques. Furthermore he deals with the exchange of and discussion about stories in a professional perspective.
This book contains various exercises that allow social professionals and students to practice working with a narrative approach. Examples of digital storytelling and additional resources are available on a supplementary website.

Kees J.M. van Haaster is a lecturer at Hogeschool Utrecht and member of the Centre for Social Innovation. He has published on the topic of musical therapy and designing social activities.

Table of contents

1 Storytelling in social professions
1.1 Personal histories as a starting point for change and growth
1.2 Narrative professional context
1.3 Narrative space and dialogue space
1.4 Sense making
1.4.1 Language and culture
1.4.2 Comprehension
1.4.3 The explicit-implicit ratio

2 Storytelling and multimedia communication
2.1 Digitalizing culture
2.1.1 Living in a multimedia society
2.1.2 E-learning
2.2 Dimensions of digital storytelling
2.2.1 Storytelling
2.2.2 Unity in word, image and sound
2.2.3 Multimedia and interactive communication
2.2.4 Pleasure and beauty
2.2.5 Stories about the ‘Self’
2.2.6 A polyphony of information
2.2.7 Learning and change
2.2.8 Construction and reconstruction
2.2.9 Freedom of interpretation
2.2.10 Narrative transactional triangle
2.2.11 Sense making
2.3 Importance of digital storytelling
2.3.1 Mouthpiece of the inner world
2.3.2 Building identity
2.3.3 Artistic relevance
2.3.4 Process, procedure and performance
2.4 Digital storytelling in study and profession
2.4.1 So the story goes…
2.4.2 Recognising patterns
2.4.2 Professional goals

3 Narrative space
3.1 All sorts of stories
3.2 Narrative quality
3.2.1 Space and time
3.2.2 Actors and perspectives
3.2.3 The essence
3.2.4 Structure
3.2.5 Storyboard
3.2.6 Authenticity and passion
3.2.7 Inspiration
3.2.8 Coherence and congruence
3.2.9 Interaction and interthinking
3.3 Building a story
3.3.1 Symbols
3.3.2 Metaphors
3.3.3 Style figures
3.3.4 Role models
3.3.5 Visual expressions
3.3.6 Music and sound

4 Dialogue space
4.1 Effect
4.1.1 Response
4.2 Text
4.2.1 The true interpretation
4.3 Making one’s voice heard
4.3.1 Effect and affect
4.3.2 Expressive use of voice
4.4 Performing
4.4.1 Trust
4.4.2 Respect
4.4.3 Tuning to the public
4.5 Telling about learning
4.5.1 Telling by listening and listening by telling
4.5.2 Reflection on learning
4.6 Narrative professionalism
4.6.1 Rewritten stories
4.6.2 Dominant stories
4.6.3 Unheard stories
4.6.4 Broken stories
4.6.5 Conversational stories
4.6.6 Reminiscence stories
4.6.7 Wise stories
4.6.8 Reflective stories
4.6.9 Consultative stories
4.6.10 Assembled stories

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