Differences in Storytelling (Capacity for Storytelling) Between Students of Eastern And Western Cultural Traditions

Mirjana Gregurić, Ljubica Bakić-Tomić


Given that storytelling is a student-centered approach that encourages deep and individual learning, the purpose of this research is to encourage more frequent use of storytelling in teaching to make it easierand faster for students to learn and improve their achievements. This research was conducted with the aim of examining the storytelling capacity of students studying education in the Republic of Croatia(the sample consisted of 104 students of the University of Zagreb), and conducting a detailed analysis of the dimensions of storytelling capacity, in order to enable comparison with other research done in the Western culture (USA and Germany) and countries of Eastern culture (China and Vietnam), as well as to explore differences in the perception of storytelling between students belonging to the Eastern and Western cultural traditions, respectively. We also wanted to examine how cultural differences affect this perception. The results of the research are surprising, because it turned out that Croatian students are closest to American students in terms of storytelling capacity, which means that Croatian students are closer to American than German students, although there is a connection with German students but it is not that strong. In relation to the students of Eastern culture, an incredible similarity was found between Croatian students and Vietnamese students in one dimension of storytelling, namely beliefs and convictions.


storytelling; ability (capacity) to tell stories; dimensions of storytelling; students of Western and Eastern cultural traditions

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