The Weir: Storytelling that Transforms

Irene E. Karpiak


Through the acts of telling our stories, writing our stories, and reading others’ stories, we become known both to others and to ourselves. Drawing on the theme of transformation in the recent play The Weir, this article explores the place of story in adult and continuing education and considers how story told by students can break through the dam of resistance to learning and create a classroom space of trust, sharing, mutual regard, and engagement that is both sustaining and transformative.

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