Share and invite stories
Stories, or narratives, can create opportunities for learning. Narratives can be shared with or elicited from learners.
After reading the story and blog, perhaps the image from Activity 3 has taken on new meaning.
Using stories in a complex and ethical manner can address the sense of 'othering' - being made to feel distinct and less than - felt by many in the health care system. Stories, instead of medical cases, honour and represent the standpoints and lived experiences of people. Stories help us appreciate what is common across all of humanity, thus emphasizing our connection as human beings. Stories can also foster comfort with complexity and uncertainty, necessary to provide compassionate care to patients who live complex, storied lives.
Stories demonstrate the context-situated nature of disadvantage, illness, or disability, and avoid the conflation of one's health status with one's identity. Stories have the ability to shift our narrow focus from disadvantage being a fixed characteristic, residing within a human being, to the view of a whole person within which disease, disability, or illness is only one of many moveable parts. They do so by demonstrating the intricate web of human lives within society.
To cite this work: Ng S, Baker L, Friesen F. Teaching For Transformation. An Online Supplement. [Internet]. 2018. Available from www.teachingfortransformation.com
Centre for Faculty Development, University of Toronto at St. Michael's Hospital.