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Title: Digital story retelling - evaluation of a story-reading workshop promoting open-mindedness in the community
Authors: Chan, C 
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Journal of evidence-based social work, 2019, v. 16, no. 6, p. 652-668
Abstract: Purpose: Digital storytelling (DST), broadly speaking, is a storytelling method that is interwoven with digital media. It is commonly used in educational settings or human services to support various sorts of social advocacy. While many of these DST practices have devised methods to engage marginalized groups to express their voices, they lack parallel initiatives to enable audiences to understand those voices. This study examined a story-retelling workshop model called StoryAd, which utilizes productions from DST activities to facilitate face-to-face contact. The workshop itself is also a lite version of DST activity. Method: A pilot study was conducted in Hong Kong in 2019. Participants enrolled online, met offline, and their advertisement ideas might go online and contribute back to the stories. The workshop model was evaluated using a one-group pretest-posttest design. The participants were 45 Hong Kong Chinese, aged 18-60. Results: Participants' critical thinking disposition, self-esteem, perspective-taking, and curiosity toward new information increased, while their need for cognitive-closure decreased. Discussion and Conclusion: This study has proved the feasibility and acceptability of the workshop model. It also opens the discussion about extending DST pedagogy to engage and influence story-readers.
Keywords: Digital storytelling
Social inclusion
Social education
Human library
Narrative practice
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Journal: Journal of evidence-based social work 
ISSN: 2640-8066
EISSN: 2640-8074
DOI: 10.1080/26408066.2019.1684410
Rights: © 2019 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way
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