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The context for this book is higher education and our primary intention is to suggest ways in which storytelling can be used effectively as a learning tool. For this purpose we draw on our experiences as researchers, lecturers and students, and as individuals who have been interested in, and surrounded by, stories from an early age. Throughout our adult years we have enjoyed numerous conversations with friends and colleagues about how storytelling impacts on our personal and professional lives. In recent years we have worked with stories in formalised ways to enhance student learning. During this period we have talked with and gathered feedback from students and colleagues who have used our storytelling processes. These interactions and subsequent feedback helped shape our thinking as we prepared to embark on the writing

of this book. Learning Through Storytelling is the result of many such interactions, including the happy coincidence of our own professional journeys coming together in the same place, at the right time.