Pupils can learn more effectively through stories than activities
Storytelling is the oldest form of teaching. Researchers at the Milner Center for Evolution at the University of Berth says that it’s the best form of teaching.
A randomized trial concluded that children learnt more effectively about evolution by use of stories.
Whilst all the methods improved the pupils' understanding of evolution, the study, published in the journal Science of Learning, found that the story-based approach combined with the abstract examples of evolution were the most effective lessons.
This goes against educational orthodoxy that states that a pupil-centred approach to learning, using human-based examples with which children can easily identify, should yield the best results.
The study recruited 2500 primary school students who were tested for understanding of evolutionary concepts before and after the lessons.
Professor Momna Hejmadi, Associate Dean of the University's Faculty of Science, helped to design the study and co-authored the paper. She said: "Evolution was introduced to the national curriculum for primary schools in 2014.
"It's a really important subject as it forms the foundation for many parts of biology. However, many primary school teachers, if they don't have a science background, are less confident about teaching it.
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