Folktales, stories passed down orally for generations, can shed interesting insight into higher education teaching. Thirty-nine folktales about teachers and teaching from twenty-nine different countries were analyzed using qualitative content analysis to discover themes relevant to contemporary higher education. The teachers in these stories use primarily constructivist approaches to teaching (modeling and experiential learning), vary in their levels of wisdom and virtue, and struggle with the inherent power of the teacher over his or her students. Implications for modern education are discussed.
Sturm, Brian W. and Nelson, Sarah Beth
"What Can Folktales Teach Us about Higher Education Teaching?,"
Storytelling, Self, Society: Vol. 13
, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/storytelling/vol13/iss2/3