Storyteller's Guide to the Galaxy (Proficient)

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Storyteller's Guide to the Galaxy (Proficient)


Purpose of this course:

The course has been designed to give participants access to some of the current research from moral psychology on how moral decisions are made in the day-to-day. Teachers who have a better understanding of this process are in a position to consider ways of influencing and challenging students in their growth toward moral maturity and understanding their place in the world.


Course structure and timing:

Storyteller’s Guide to the Galaxy is a five-hour, online course based on the research carried out by Dr Jonathan Haidt, Dr Stephen Garber, N.T Wright and Dr Antonio Damasio. It should be completed over a period of three weeks.


Explicit course outcomes:

  1. To develop a critical understanding of the processes underpinning moral decisions and responses in the day-to-day.
  2. To consider ways to approach teaching Christian truth and character development in the light of this understanding.
  3. To explore the significance of storytelling as a pedagogy that will enhance student learning in these areas.


Success criteria:

  1. The participant can express an understanding of the key research findings.
  2. The participant engages with the discussion and raises concerns about critical issues raised by this research.
  3. The participant shows evidence of engaging with other participants in dialogue about the components of developing moral character in students.
  4. The participant reflects on their own practice and sets achievable goals to incorporate some of the suggested pedagogies into their practice in the classroom.


Course outline:

Module 1: Story connects with moral meaning

This module introduces participants to the significance of story as a teaching tool for all ages. It is focused on the presentation by Natasha Moore at the Agora Storyteller's Guide to the Galaxy and begins with her testimony of how story had changed what she valued in other disciplines. Natasha looks at the loss of story, both macro and micro, in twenty-first century Post-modern Western Culture and the effect this is having on mental health, especially anxiety and depression. She presents the work of a physician Dr Damasio who worked with brain-injured patients and the findings of Jonathan Haidt, a moral psychologist who has explored the relationship between the intellect and the emotions or intuition. 

Module 2: Research and the importance of storytelling

Module 2 looks in more depth at the ideas presented in Module 1. It addresses why everyone loves a good story, how story is different from theory and factual learning, the consequences of the loss of a cultural macro story and micro stories, the insights of Jonathan Haidt which showed that intuition is the master of intelligence, and the lived experience of Robert Coles and his use of stories with graduate and post-graduate students in prestigious American universities.

Module 3: Applications of the learning to classroom practice

Module 3 begins with a video of the chaplain from Kambala School who explains how she has used story and imagination to successfully invite her students into stories in her Christian Living classes. She explains how students embark on their journey of values development and understanding the bigger questions in life. The focus of this module is the application of the learning to the participant's classroom practice.


Course cost:

Anglican EdComm Member Schools: Complimentary

Anglican EdComm Individual Members: Complimentary

Non-member Schools: $200pp

Dates available:

November 15 to December 5, 2021

Further information:

Once you have registered and paid you will be given access to EdComm's Learning Management System, where you will be able to work through the course material in a facilitated online learning community.


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