Title: "Once upon a time, there was a fairy who walked in paradise": the child finalised, mediated and creative narrative activity

Authors: Françoise Decortis; Anne Bationo-Tillon

Addresses: C3U Paragraphe, University Paris 8, 2 rue de la Liberté, 93 526 Saint Denis, France ' C3U Paragraphe, University Paris 8, 2 rue de la Liberté, 93 526 Saint Denis, France

Abstract: The research on children storytelling is dominated by approaches that focus on contents, structure and process of narrative storytelling. We propose a change of paradigm that considers the narrative activity in its finalised, situated, mediatised and creative properties. To do it we focus on several theoretical contributions stemming from activity theories, instrumental approach, the cycle of the creative activity of imagination and the transitional zone of experience (Vygotsky, Rabardel, Winnicott). The narrative activity model generated from these theoretical contributions is grounded on empirical researches conducted with children from six to eight years old. It includes four phases, exploration, inspiration, production and sharing. We show the usage of instruments that the children make in these four phases. Indicators stemming from a typology of transitional instruments and from several forms of narrative activities (linear, spiral, editing, sieving) are used to refine our conceptualisation of the narrative activity as mediated activity.

Keywords: narrative activity; creativity; mediations; instruments; intermediate zone of experience; children storytelling; mediated activity.

DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2014.058941

International Journal of Arts and Technology, 2014 Vol.7 No.1, pp.17 - 37

Available online: 30 Jan 2014

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