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Worksheet: Analyzing Stories The table below provides a template for analysing the stories that people tell. Not all of the elements are present in every story. Identify a story of your own – from your social life or from your organizational life and analyse it using the template. What have you learned about the experience represented in the story? What effect does this learning have? Self What was your role in this situation? What were your thoughts during the incident? What were you trying to do? How well were you listened to? Protagonist[s] Who else was involved? What was their perspective? What were they trying to do? How powerful were they in the situation? What were the pros and cons of their approach? Key incident What happened? What decision needed to be taken? What were the different perspectives on this? What key factors were operating? What was hidden beneath the surface here? What other factors were important? Where were the conflicts? Where were the compatibilities? Issues and concepts What were the key issues? involved What principles needed to guide the actions? What other principles were involved? How compatible were these? Action/decision What was decided? How? Who was involved and listened to? What was the decision taken? Personal response How did you feel about the way the incident was dealt with? What was satisfactory about it? What was unsatisfactory about it? What would you change and why? Outcomes and What has been the result of the decision? consequences How helpful has it been? What consequences occurred? How helpful are these? Reflection What did you learn from the incident? What did you learn about yourself? How did it challenge you? How did you change/ reinforce your beliefs? Are you right? Feedback In-depth feedback is not possible for this task. Remember that not all of the elements may be in your story – use the model to develop your understanding of what happened so that you can learn from it as a critical reflective practitioner.
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