Invitation to Register
updated 23 October


  Table of Contents

Invitation to Glasgow
Aims of the Conference
Organising Committee
Keynote Speakers
Venue and travel
General Information
Registration Information
Contact Details


  • EED – European Association for EducationalDesign
  • Enterprising Careers
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Glasgow City Council
  • Scottish Arts Council
  • See Glasgow

    Supported by
  • Learning and Teaching Scotland
Invitation to Glasgow

It is with considerable pleasure that I invite you to participate in the Third International Storyline Conference. The two previous events were held in Denmark; the first in Aalborg in 2000 and the second in Elsinore in 2003.

It comes at an auspicious time in Scotland. In November 2004 the Curriculum Review Group in Scotland published its report entitled 'A Curriculum for Excellence'. It proposed that the purposes of the curriculum should be 'to enable all young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors'. Many of us think that Storyline can make an important contribution in helping teachers and pupils to reach these aims.

Storyline had its beginnings in the Inservice Department of Jordanhill College of Education, now the Faculty of Education of Strathclyde University. Over the last thirty years this approach to learning and teaching has been adopted by teachers all over the world. The European association of Educational Design has accelerated this process with its regular seminars started in 1988. Now we present to you a programme which reflects the flexibility and robust qualities of this approach. Storyline is being used by teachers at all stages, from pre-school to secondary. It has also been adapted in some countries for use in upper secondary schools and in universities. It is being used to train nurses in Denmark and business managers in Denmark and Sweden. Many foreign language teachers find that Storyline provides the necessary context, audience and purpose to motivate exciting learning.

This conference is about sharing expertise and meeting an international group with similar aims and objectives. For teachers who often feel isolated in their schools and classrooms this is an opportunity for you to create your own network of contacts and to share common interests. We hope that a wide spectrum of educators-teachers in pre-school, primary and secondary, lecturers, curriculum designers, administrators, teacher trainers and parents-will be attracted to this event. All will be made very welcome.

Steve Bell
Conference Chairman


Aims of the Conference

The Conference has several aims including:

  • Examining the development of the Storyline Approach in an international and interdisciplinary context

  • Supporting practitioners who are already using the approach and who wish to extend their knowledge and interest

  • Introducing newcomers to the practical methods and the teaching principles

  • Exploring the teacher planning and implementation of constructivist learning

  • Giving everyone a chance to discuss the approach and to share ideas about what Storyline means for them and how they would like to develop

  • Presenting experiences from the work and research within the area and related areas

  • Examining links between Storyline, Enterprise Education and a Curriculum for Excellence

  • It is our hope that the international mix of presenters and delegates will add value and quality to the proceedings.

Target Audience
This conference should attract a wide range of people who are engaged in all forms of education. The programme includes presentations which deal with education ranging from pre-school, through primary and secondary to teacher training, university education, and management training.

Conference Language
The conference language is English but several of the optional sessions will be presented in other languages – German, Norwegian and Danish.

Conference Design
It is our hope that many Scottish teachers will find the programme of practical interest. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to discover or re-visit this approach. In order also to accommodate those coming from other countries we have designed a package of events which we hope will add to the value of their visit.


Organising Committee

Steve Bell

European Association for Educational Design and Storyline Scotland

Sallie Harkness
Educational Consultant and Storyline Scotland

Ian Barr
Educational Consultant, Research Associate, University of Glasgow Global Citizenship Unit. Ian created the painting that was used for the conference logo

Ruth Barr
Primary Adviser, Glasgow City Council Education Services

Linda Brownlow
Co-Director, Centre for Studies in Enterprise, Career Development and Work, University of Strathclyde Faculty of Education

Lesley Dunlop
Creative Links Officer, Glasgow City Council Education Services

Barbara Frame
Co-ordinator BEd (Hons) Primary, Moray House School of Education University of Edinburgh

Christine Higgison
Senior Education Officer and Head of Primary Schools, Glasgow City Council, Education Services Directorate

Graham White
Head of the Department of Childhood and Primary Studies, University of Strathclyde Faculty of Education

Amanda Minns
Learning and Teaching Scotland.

Janice Neilson
Learning and Teaching Scotland

Marie Kelly
Adviser, East Renfrewshire Council Education Department

Conference Organisers
Meeting Makers Ltd
Jordanhill Campus, 76 Southbrae Drive, Glasgow G13 1PP

We have benefited from the guidance and assistance of Lorna Clarkson, Glasgow and Clyde Tourist Board and Laura Beaton, Ambassadorial Service in Glasgow


Conference Programme
Friday 27 October 2006


Optional One-day Storyline Workshops
These workshops are an optional extra provided for those who require a practical introduction to the Storyline Approach. They will be held in local primary schools at an additional cost of £30 per person. Details of locations will be sent to those who choose to participate.

NOTE: It is possible to book a place on the workshops without taking part in the conference.

1 Introduction to the Storyline Approach – for teachers of older children 9-14 years presented by experienced Storyline Trainers – topic to be announced later
2 Introduction to the Storyline Approach – for teachers of younger children 4-8 years presented by experienced Storyline Trainers – topic to be announced later
3 The Amazon Rainforest – a dramatic adventure in creative arts and curriculum integration presented by Carol Jones and Claire Ritzler from Georgia, USA
4 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves a Storyline for Foreign Language Teachers presented by Ona Leonaviciene of Lithuania
5 An Introduction to the Storyline Approach for German Teachers presented by Dr Ulf Schwänke
(in German)
6 The Art Gallery Storyline presented by Karen Margrethe Sørensen (in Danish)

The conference dinner will be held at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow. A relaxing evening is planned, during which a sumptuous dinner with wine will be served. The after dinner speaker will be Mr Frank Adams.

Please note there are a limited number of places available for the conference dinner so please book early to avoid disappointment. Full payment must be received in advance for this event.

Cost: £50 per person
Dress: Informal

  Conference Programme
Saturday 28 October 2006
Welcome & introduction
Music to Start the Day
Welcome from Chairman Steve Bell
Keynote Speaker 1 – Professor John MacBeath, University of Cambridge in conversation with Dr Willie Haughey OBE, Chairman Scottish Enterprise Glasgow
Information on Group Sessions – Sallie Harkness
Coffee/Tea Break
Choice of Group Sessions
These will be presented by experienced Storyline enthusiasts from many different backgrounds and countries. Most presentations will take the form of an illustrated talk or lecture with some time allowed for questions and discussion.

Delegates should note that some sessions are 'double bills' with two different presentations which have been paired as complementary. Only twenty-five places are available at each session so book early to avoid disappointment.


Creating a Storyline School
Jill Wells, Deputy Headteacher at Malton CP School & Lorna Karetnyk, Deputy Headteacher at Kirkbymoorside CP School, North Yorkshire, England, sharing how they introduced and developed a storyline ethos within their schools
Ages 3-11, Best Practice
A2 Two of a Kind – a matter of supply and demand
Dr Jos Letschert, Professor, Educational Adviser and Researcher, University of Twente, The Netherlands. An exploration of the fragile balance between curricular content and the questions of learners in the context of Storyline
Curriculum & Pedagogy
A3 The Amazon Rainforest – An adventure in Creative Arts and Curriculum Integration
Carol Jones, Director of Alliance Theatre Institute for Educators & Claire Ritzler, Alliance Theatre Teaching Artist, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. This interactive workshop demonstrates curriculum integration in science, language arts, social studies and drama. Storyline episodes use puppetry, teacher in role, story enactment and other drama strategies to explore the children's book, The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
Drama / Arts
A4 Storyline – Under 8 and under its spell
Liz Rose, Curriculum Support Officer, Carolynne McArthur & Yvonne McBlain, Creativity Team, Falkirk Council, Scotland. An outline of how we have developed a flexible approach to Storyline with young learners in Falkirk Schools. The workshop will identify the links to citizenship and enterprising education along with the direct impact on children's learning Ages 5-8
A8 Session a)
Spreading the Word by Classroom Practice
Björg Eiríksdóttir, Teacher and Educational Consultant, Kársnesskóli, Kópavogur, Iceland, describes how Storyline helps the teacher to be more daring and effective in influencing pupils to come up with their own ideas and make them happen. This makes the students more interested and they become better learners-making the teacher happy
Best practice
Session b)
Necessary Skills for the Storyline Teacher
Rósa Eggertsdóttir, Consultant, University of Akureyri, Iceland. The Storyline approach has its own characteristics which set it apart from traditional classroom practices. This paper addresses the different role of the teacher and what main skills she needs to emphasis when teaching by the approach
Teacher Training
A10 Session a)
Dialogues in Storyline Work
Liv Torunn Eik, Assistant Professor, Vestfold University College, Toensberg, Norway, presents the Norwegian professor Olga Dysthe's dialogical learning strategies related to Storyline. How can Key Questions in Storyline Work be followed by dialogues based on both writing and talking in order to create more active and effective learning?
Session b)
Collaborating for Success
Jeff Creswell, Martha Cade, Claire Cofsky & Ned Hascall, Teachers of ages 9-12, Metropolitan Learning Center, Portland, Oregon, USA. Enterprising teachers must learn new models of working together in order to respond to an increasingly complex school environment. The team will share slides, student work samples and topic outlines for Storylines which involve multiple classes of students – multimedia presentation followed by discussion
Best practice
A11 Session a)
1+1=3: The Magic of Creativity & the Ecology of Curricular Reflections
Hanne Lund Kristenssen, Assistant Professor, Department of Pedagogy, Faculty of Arts, Folk Culture and Teacher Education, Telemark University College, Norway. What might happen when you mix deep ecology, pedagogy, didactic, play and art? This lecture presents the philosophical, theoretical and practical aspects of such a mixture, by drawing a picture of creativity as a vital force in life, Storyline and the enterprising school
Session b)
The kind of Education the Storyline Approach can provide but only if...
Cecilie Falkenberg, Educational Consultant, University College (CVU) Copenhagen. You could ask if a Storyline project is always a Storyline project. The answer would be yes! But all Storyline projects are not the same. What are the common features of a Storyline project and what are the special features that provide a good education? How does it provide enterprising ideas?
A12 Creative Dialogues – a Comenius Project on: Storyline in Language Classes
Gisela Ehlers, Teacher Trainer, IQSH Kiel, Germany, Director of Project, & Verna Brandford, Education Lecturer, Professional Studies Coordinator, Institute Partnership Manager, Institute of Education, University of London, give a report and examples of the work and the outcome of a Sokrates project that was focussed on producing a trainer module for presenting the Storyline as an innovative method for the language classroom
Teacher Training
A13 Session a)
Music Makes a Difference
Susan Fotheringham, Head Teacher, Queen Mary Street Nursery School, Glasgow, examining the proposition that by enriching individual and collaborative learning experiences, promoting attainment and achievement, music can be a catalyst for increased community confidence
Session b)
Storyline & Reggio Emilia – Linking the Thinking
Karen Margrethe Sørensen, Teacher and Consultant, Broager, Denmark. The creative pedagogy of Reggio Emilia and the constructive teaching method of the Storyline approach share many elements – such as: respect, documentation, learning by doing, research and creativity
Ages 3-6
Keynote Speaker 2 – Dr Jonothan Neelands, Reader in Drama and Theatre Education, Institute of Education, University of Warwick
Coffee/Tea Break
Choice of Group Sessions
B14 Designing Authentic Assessments Within a Storyline Model
Rebecca Plaskitt, Teacher and Storyline Tutor, Portland, Oregon, USA. This presentation will focus on how to include a variety of assessment opportunities within a Storyline. The connection between curriculum benchmarks and authentic assessment will be included. Practical examples and ideas for planning will be shared. Multimedia presentation followed by discussion
Best practice
B16 Storyline & ICT
Eva Marsh & Ylva Lundin, Educational Consultants, National Agency for Education, Multimedia bureau, Gothenburg, Sweden
B17 Developing Metacognition & Thinking Skills through Storyline
Ian Barr, Educational Consultant, Scotland & Barbara Frame, Programme Co-ordinator BEd (Hons) Primary Education, Edinburgh University, Scotland, demonstrating through a workshop how thinking skills can be taught through the Storyline approach
Best Practice
B18 Storyline in the Multi-Ethnic Classroom
Knut-Rune Olsen, Assistant Professor, University College of Vestfold, Toensberg, Norway. According to research learning in multi-ethnic classrooms will be more effective if the teachers actively treat multiculturalism as an advantage and a positive focus in the curriculum and not a problem. This workshop focuses on how Storyline can be used in the multi-ethnic classroom (in Norwegian)
Best Practice

Using Storyline in Foreign Language Teaching
Session a)

Ona Leonaviciene, Teacher, Marijampole Marijonu Secondary School, Lithuania, describes how Storyline gives possibilities to learn foreign languages in more natural linguistic situations

Session b)
Doris Kocher, Lecturer, Pädagogische Hochschule / University of Education, Freiburg, Germany, presenting a variety of positive aspects and principles concerning the use of Storyline in the foreign language classroom followed by a discussion of possible problems and solutions

Foreign Language
B20 Session a)
Storyline & Effective Teaching about the Human Body
Gunnhildur Óskarsdóttir, Lecturer Kennaraháskóla Islands, Reykjavik. In the lecture results from my PhD research about the development of children's ideas about the body will be discussed and how children's ideas and experience can be used as a starting point for learning. The emphasis will also be on the importance of social interaction and different teaching methods and also on how the quiet pupils can be involved. How this all fits into the Storyline approach as a design for effective teaching and learning will also be discussed
Session b)
On the Road to Healthy Living – a health based Storyline
Todd Stewart-Rinier, Teacher, Portland, Oregon, USA. A multimedia presentation in which I will share my experiences with a Storyline that explores healthy and un-healthy behaviours, body systems and helps students learn skills for healthy living. A discussion will follow the presentation
Health & Body
B21 Drama, Story & Learning
Marie Jeanne McNaughton is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Childhood and Primary Studies at the University of Strathclyde and the editor of Drama Journal. This interactive workshop will look at exciting techniques for working with children to create extended story-drama, to bring stories to life and develop characters and to explore situations through Storyline based drama
B24 "Joyning" the Learning
Margaret Byrne of " Learning Unlimited" & Elaine Wyllie, Teacher, St Ninian's Primary School, Stirling, will discuss bringing enjoyment back to learning by adopting cross curricular and holistic approaches in primary school classrooms – DVD presentation & discussion
Ages 5-11
B26 Storyline in a Gaelic Medium Immersion Context
Rosemary Ward, 5-14 Quality Improvement Officer, Argyll & Bute Council, Helensburgh, Scotland. The presentation will give an example of how Storyline can be used in Scottish classrooms to provide a context that provides an audience and purpose for language practice and the development and extension of vocabulary. Ownership of the story is central to the motivation which is so important in stimulating young learners in using and improving their second language

Civic Reception
at Glasgow City Chambers
This drinks reception which is kindly hosted by Glasgow City Council will take place in the impressive Glasgow City Chambers on the evening on Saturday 28 October.

This event is complimentary for all registered delegates.

Dress: Informal

Delegates make their own plans for dinner and evening entertainment

  Conference Programme
Sunday 29 October 2006
Introduction/information for the day
Music and Dance
Keynote Speaker 3 – Jackie Murphy, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
Coffee/Tea Break
Choice of Group Sessions
C27 Storyline & Literacy – Starting with the Child
Carol Omand, Head Teacher, Gartconner Primary, Kirkintilloch & Lynda Bancroft, Teacher, Aberfoyle Primary, Scotland. With the focus on child centred learning, this presentation will explore a wide range of exciting possibilities to stimulate, encourage and motivate talking, listening, reading and writing through the use of a Storyline approach. Come on a journey with us through the Enchanted Forest and other places, through the eyes of children and find out more
C28 Developing Metacognition & Thinking Skills through Storyline
Ian Barr, Educational Consultant, Scotland & Barbara Frame, Programme Co-ordinator BEd (Hons) Primary Education, Edinburgh University, Scotland, demonstrating through a workshop how thinking skills can be taught through the Storyline approach
Best Practice
C30 The Little People – a Storyline for 6-10 year olds
Janne Fauskanger, Assistant Professor, University of Stavanger & Liv Torunn Eik, Assistant Professor, Vestfold University College, Norway. This Storyline is focused on developing the pupils` social competence as well on aims from mathematics and mother language instructions – presented as a workshop
Social Competence/ Mathematics
C32 Session a)
Close-Up & Storyline
Social Sciences Working with delicate historical, geographical and social topics

Jan Greven, Curriculum Designer for Geography and Cross Curricular Issues, Institute for Curriculum Development (SLO) Enschede, The Netherlands. Dutch slavery is used as an example to introduce the close-up idea as the core, the crystallisation point of such topics. The close-up is the starting point for the plot of a Storyline that makes the children understand the vital importance of the topic
Session b)
Getting the Facts Straight – How to develop a Historical Storyline
Jeff Creswell, Teacher of children ages 11-12, Metropolitan Learning Center, Portland, Oregon, USA. This lecture/discussion will provide teachers the opportunity to explore the various ways that history topics can be developed in the classroom. Ideas for the use of information packets, internet pathways, primary source materials will be shared. Storyline is ideally suited to encourage students to look deeply at historical events
Social History & Development
C33 Session a)
'The Reflective Practitioner' to teach learning philosophy
Cecilie Falkenberg, Educational Consultant, University College (CVU) Copenhagen.In Denmark teacher students these days often learn about the Storyline approach during their studies. In other lessons they are taught about learning philosophy. The project presented in this session aims to teach students the latter by using the first (in English)
Teacher Training
Session b)
Storyline, Computer Games & Subjects
Finn Mosegaard, Pedagogical Adviser, Amtscentret for Undervisning / Spøttrup Kommune, Skive, Denmark. Computer Games can be an important part of a subject-based education if Storyline is the didactical scaffold (in Danish)
C34 Session a)
Storyline & Science– Topic Books for Younger Children
Gunnhildur Óskarsdóttir, Lecturer, Kennaraháskóli Íslands, Reykkjavík, Iceland and Ragnheiður Hermannsdóttir, Teacher, Háteigsskóli, Reykjavík, Iceland. This lecture will discuss how Storyline can be used as an ignition or a starting point into further work about different themes such as the car, the kitchen, the mountains and the harbour. All these themes include a lot of science activities and information to be collected and explored from different sources
Session b)
A Storyline for children with chronic illness
Edith Mark is a registered Nurse and PhD Student, Forskningsenhed for Klinisk Sygepleje, Aalborg Sygehus, Århus Universitetshospital, Aalborg, Denmark. An illustrated lecture describing Danish research into how & why the narrative can be used by nurses in a promotion of health to children with special demands for eating (especially children with diabetes and overweight children)
Health & Development
C35 Session a)
There are Words in my Head – how can I let them out?
Guðmundur Kristmundsson, Associate Professor, Iceland University of Education (Kennaraháskóli Íslands) Reykjavik, Iceland. This lecture will discuss how Storyline could be used to increase vocabulary and understanding of concepts and words. In this, using Storyline could form a base for further learning
Session b)
Linking with Literacy in Book-Based Storylines
Sallie Harkness, Educational Consultant, Storyline Scotland, Glasgow. Sallie will argue that Book-Based Storylines match all the criteria of 21st century thinking on Literacy Education as they put texts at the heart of the learning process
C36 Session a)
The Art Gallery Storyline
Karen Margrethe Sørensen, Teacher and Educational Consultant, Broager, Denmark. The starting point for this session will be the visual pedagogy of Reggio Emilia. "Paintings can be used for information and communication. By creating paintings, the children are allowed to communicate observations, feelings, thoughts, ideas and fantasies". During the workshop, the participants will create an "Art Gallery" with their own paintings. The workshop will be presented as a Storyline
Session b)
The Importance of Visual Display in a Storyline Topic
Coleen Vallerga, Teacher, Highland Elementary School, Bend, Oregon, USA
C37 Storyline in the Comenius Project – Creative Dialogues
Martina Kankowski, Teacher Trainer, IQSH Kiel & Katrin Harder, Language Teacher and Adviser, Berlin, Germany, present a Storyline for the language classroom Castle Hotel (Das Schlosshotel) that was designed in the Comenius project Creative Dialogues and tried out by European teacher tandems
Foreign Language
C38 Using Storyline in Year 6 Classrooms
Session a)
Paul Bertolotto, Teacher, Edinburgh Academy, Scotland
Ages 9-11
Session b)
Todd Stewart-Rinier, Teacher, Portland, Oregon USA. Discussion and sharing of Storylines which work well with children ages 9,10 and 11. I will share my personal experiences (successes and failures) with Storylines I have used with this age group
Ages 9-11
C39 Storyline & the Curriculum for Excellence National Literacy Programme & Website
Margo Williamson & Janice Neilson of Learning and Teaching Scotland. How does Storyline relate to the Curriculum for Excellence? Sharing this and other good practice on the Learning & Teaching Scotland Literacy Website
1245-1400 Lunch
1400-1545 Choice of Group Sessions
D40 Creating a Storyline School
Jill Wells, Deputy Headteacher at Malton CP School & Lorna Karetnyk, Deputy Headteacher at Kirkbymoorside CP School, North Yorkshire, England, sharing how they introduced and are continuing to develop and disseminate the Storyline ethos within their schools and North Yorkshire, England
Whole School Approach
D42 What & Where is "Ownership of Learning"?
Storyline, Modes of Participation and Bringing Ownership Out of Pupils' Heads Riikka Hofmann, PhD Student, University of Cambridge, England & Rebecca Plaskitt, Teacher, Portland, Oregon, USA, discuss Riikka's research in Rebecca's Storyline classroom, taking a fresh look at the idea of "ownership of learning"
Best Practice
D44 Sharing Responsibility –
How can children learn to plan, organise & evaluate their own learning?

Hanne Lund-Kristensen & Knut Rune Olsen, Vestfold College, Toensberg, Norway. In this workshop the presenters offer a didactic model that can be used by both teacher and learner. Through examples and training, the participants will learn how to implement this flexible and creative model into their own way of Storyline teaching (in Norwegian)
Best Practice
D45 Session a)
There was a Princess Long Ago – Storyline success with 5 year olds
Pamela Adamson, Head Teacher, Larbert Village Primary, Falkirk, Scotland, tells the story of a joint project between her school and Falkirk Council's Creativity Team. Her presentation will demonstrate the positive impact the Storyline approach had on the children themselves and the effective structure it provided in delivering a cross-curricular approach to learning and teaching
Session b)
The Enchanted Forest – a Storyline for 4-5 year olds
Lynda Bancroft, Teacher, Aberfoyle Primary, Stirling Council, Scotland. This presentation describes the presence of "Brambleberry the Elf" in her classroom encourage the pupils to explore the forest environment and develop their language skills
Early years
D46 The Aberfoyle Experience – Storyline & Curriculum Management
Carol Omand, formerly Head Teacher of Aberfoyle Primary, Stirling Council, Scotland. This presentation will focus on the use of a Storyline approach to provide curriculum flexibility, creativity and design, cross curricular skills and as a motivational tool for continuing staff development. It will also provide a focus for curriculum management
D47 Session a)
Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves – a Storyline for foreign language teaching
Ona Leonaviciene, Teacher, Marijampole Marijonu Secondary School, Lithuania, describes how to engage learners in meaningful linguistic activities using the ideas of the fairytale
Session b)
The Witches – a Storyline for foreign language teaching
Doris Kocher, Lecturer, Padagogische Hochschule / University of Education, Freiburg, Germany, presents The Witches Storyline (products and processes) and then shares her experiences of other Storyline projects for the foreign language classroom in secondary school
Foreign Language
D48 Session a)
Constructivism & Storyline
Dr Ulf Schwänke, Trainer in Adult Education and University Lecturer, Techniker Krankenkasse (health insurance company) and Universität Hamburg, Germany, talking about how our imaginations shape our perception of reality – and how Storyline teachers can make use of this concept
Session b)
Open Architectures & Democratic Learning
Terry Wrigley, Senior Lecturer, Educational Studies, University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education. This session will examine the relationships between Storyline, Project Method and Design Challenges as opportunities for more democratic learning
D51 A Learning Journey: From Storyline in university to teaching Storyline for real
Barbara Frame, Programme Co-ordinator BEd (Hons) Primary Education, Edinburgh University, Scotland & Paul Bertolotto, Class teacher, Edinburgh Academy, Scotland describing how university work can prepare student teachers to teach Storyline
Teacher Training
D52 Session a)
Parents & Children Writing Stories Together
Sue Ellis, Senior Lecturer, University of Strathclyde, Faculty of Education, Glasgow & Gill Friel, Head Teacher, St Ninian's Primary, Stirling. The home-school writing project involves parents and children writing and publishing a story together at home. Parents value the creativity of the approach and the confidence it develops, in addition to developing generic skills such as time management and organisation
Session b)
Storyline & Critical Literacy
Dr Vivienne Smith, Lecturer and Researcher, University of Strathclyde, Faculty of Education, is presently engaged on a research project linking Storyline with Critical literacy. This presentation will be related to her findings

Session a)
Building mathematical Storyline contexts
Janne Fauskanger, Assistant Professor, University of Stavanger, Norway. This lecture will focus on how to build Storyline contexts and at the same time focus on how the context can be built with a view to develop each student's mathematical knowledge.

Session b)
Storyline Reflection
Sarah Jones, Storyline Teacher, Portland, Oregon USA. Reflection at the end of each topic is vital, both for the student and for the teacher. I will show how the Topic Book is used as a reflection for students and then how I have created the class topic book to showcase the entire class's Storyline. I will discuss its importance in the reflection process and how we can use it to improve aspects of future Storylines.
Best Practice


Session a)
Storyline gives greater knowledge – An example from an energy Storyline
Ylva Lundin, Educational Consultant, Alingsås, Sweden, talks about a Storyline where the students created an energy saving compound. An investigation shows that the students knowledge was greater compared to a national survey. Images from classrooms will illustrate the students' work.
Social Science

Session b)
Knowing one's 'why' means finding one's 'how'
Erik Lindberg, Author, Language Teacher and Lecturer at the University College of Boras, Sweden gives a report and discusses examples of the work and the outcome of a post graduate commissioned education course (in service, 7,5 ECTS) that was focused on linking practical Storyline work and constructivist theories.
Teacher Training

1545-1615 Coffee/Tea Break
1615-1700 Keynote Speaker 4 - Professor Brian Boyd, Faculty of Education, University of Strathclyde 'Looking to the Future'
1700-1715 Closing Speech
  Optional School Visits
Monday 30 October 2006
0930-1230 Details with application


programme and timetable are subject to change


Keynote Speakers

Professor John MacBeath OBE
Chair of Educational Leadership, Institute of Education, University of Cambridge

John is the Chair of Educational Leadership at the University of Cambridge and Director of Leadership for Learning: the Cambridge Network. Until 2000 he was Director of the Quality in Education Centre at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. As well as his interest and research on leadership he has for the last decade worked with schools, education authorities and national governments on school self-evaluation. Four books on self-evaluation, published in the last three years, have been addressed mainly to a teacher and management readership. These include 'Schools Must Speak for Themselves', 'Self-Evaluation in European Schools', 'Self-evaluation: what's in it for schools?' and 'Self-evaluation in the Global Classroom' – all published by Routledge. All four books derive from collaboration with schools, with teachers and schools students. The 'Global Classroom' book being written mainly by school students in eight different countries. Issues in School Improvement, a CD-rom resource for schools in Hong Kong, contains many of these self-evaluation tools in both English and Chinese. He has acted in a consultancy role to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), UNESCO and ILO (International Labour Organisation), the Bertelsmann Foundation, the Prince's Trust, the European Commission, the Scottish Executive, the Swiss Federal Government, the Varkey Group in Dubai (Emirates) and the Hong Kong Education Department. He was a member for the Government Task Force on Standards from 1997–2001 and was awarded the OBE for services to education in 1997.

Dr Willie Haughey OBE
Chairman, Scottish Enterprise Glasgow

Willie Haughey is a man of inspiration who is deeply interested in designing and developing skills training programmes for young people. He has won many awards over recent years. Amongst these are Entrepreneur of the Year' 1999 and 2000, 'Business Man of the Year' in 2003, Great Scot of 2005 and he was the recipient of the Glasgow 'Loving Cup' presented by the Lord Provost for his outstanding work for Charity. Born in the heart of Glasgow he trained as a refrigeration and air-conditioning engineer and worked for some time in the Middle East before starting his own business in his home city. His Company, set up in 1985 with seven employees is now one of the UK's largest specialist refrigeration and facilities management companies employing over 10,500 people. The significance of his contribution to Scottish society was recognised recently when he received an honorary doctorate from Glasgow Caledonian University. As well as his many business interests he was a Director of Celtic Football Club from 1994 to 1997 and his Family Charitable Trust has donated over £3m to charity.


Dr Jonothan Neelands
Reader in Drama and Theatre Education, Institute of Education, University of University of Warwick (2003) He is also Deputy Director of Research, National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (2005–2007)

Jonothan is a noted author and researcher with many publications in the area of educational drama. Over recent years he has been recognised internationally with appointments such as; Lansdowne Visiting Scholar – University of Victoria, B.C. Canada; 1995: Sara Spencer Award for Excellence in Teaching (nominee) American Alliance for Theatre Educators; 1998: Visiting Professor – Emerson College 2000–2004 and Visiting Scholar – New York University 2003–2004


Jackie Murphy
Arts-in-education Consultant

Jackie Murphy is an arts-in-education consultant. During her tenure at the Chicago Teachers' Center, Northeastern Illinois University, her work focused on integrating arts across the core curriculum in Chicago. She served as director of Arts at the Center of Teaching and Learning, co-director of a federally funded Drop-Out Prevention initiative and as founder/director of the Lakeview Education and Arts Partnership (LEAP), which has gained international attention. As a artist she has collaborated with teachers in over 25 schools to raise student achievement through drama and playwriting,

Jackie designs and implements professional development seminars and graduate level classes for teachers, artists and school leaders. Her current projects include integrating the arts into pre-service teaching, professional development literacy collaborations with Chicago Shakespeare and Steppenwolf Theaters, arts integration program evaluation, and replication efforts for arts integrated schools in Scotland. She devoted 12 years to teaching English in middle and secondary schools. She is a published writer of fiction.

Professor Brian Boyd
Faculty of Education
University of Strathclyde

Brian has worked in the Faculty of Education for twelve years after a career in secondary education which saw him hold two posts of Head Teacher as well as Education Officer and Chief Adviser. He is Professor of Education, based in the Language Education Division of the Department of Curricular Studies. His MEd was in Educational Policy-Making at school level and his PhD focused on the 10-14 Report as a case study in Policy Making nationally. He was a member of the Ministerial Review Group on the curriculum 3-18 which produced the report 'A Curriculum for Excellence'.

Brian is also a co-founder, with Katrina Bowes, of 'Tapestry', a ground-breaking new organisation set up to bring leading edge thinking about learning to Scotland, in partnership with local authorities and others.

He is in demand as a speaker at conferences, as a staff developer, as a tutor in management courses and as a consultant to local authorities and schools. He writes frequently, and challengingly, for the educational press in Scotland and published widely in educational journals and books. He is currently editor with Hodder Gibson of a new series of books aimed at teachers as part of their CPD and he is author of two of the first four titles – 'Primary-Secondary Transition' and 'Improving Professional Practice' to be published in 2005.

After Dinner Speaker

Frank Adams
Higher Education Consultant
formerly Associate Dean, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

Frank taught in schools in Scotland and Zambia before entering Moray House College of Education, now the Education Faculty of Edinburgh University. He was responsible for the publication, in 1982, of 'Some Aspects of Thematic Work' and, for a time, was responsible for national curriculum development in Scottish primary schools.

Since retiring in October 2004 he has been doing accreditation work of post-graduate qualifications in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education for The Higher Education Academy (formerly the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education). He has also been undertaking reviews of Foundation Degrees in Early Childhood Studies and Foundation Degrees for Teaching Assistants for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. In December 2005 the General Teaching Council for Scotland published his report 'Discipline in Scottish Schools: A Survey of Teachers Views' based on his analysis of a questionnaire completed by 750 Scottish teachers. In 2006 he will be part of a United Nations Development Project on Enhancement of Quality Assurance and Institutional Planning in Arab Universities and will undertake reviews of university teacher education programmes in Sudan, Yemen and Gaza.



The name Glasgow comes from the Celtic "glas cu", meaning "green hollow" this is more usually translated as "dear green place". Glasgow does indeed have many green spaces within the city boundary, from Glasgow Green in the heart of the city, to Pollok Park, home to the Burrell, which houses the magnificent art collection of Sir William Burrell, including medieval art, tapestries, alabasters, stained glass and English oak furniture.

Glasgow also has a long industrial heritage with many proud moments including the launch of the great Cunard liners, the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth in the 1930s, and the Royal Yacht Britannia was also built on the Clyde. There are reminders of this past to be seen along the banks of the river Clyde, including the Finnieston Crane, which can be seen close to the SECC and was erected in 1931 to lift steam locomotives onto ships. Now Glasgow has a thriving new economic base centred on the service sector to take the city forward.

In addition to the Burrell, Glasgow also has one of the richest collections of art and historical artefacts in Europe; this is housed in more than 20 museums across the city, most of which are free to enter. The range of exhibits includes the painting of Christ of St John of The Cross by Salvador Dali to a social history of the people and city of Glasgow covering the last 250 years – the range is immense.

If all this is not enough to tempt you, Glasgow is also an excellent centre for visiting other parts of Scotland. Edinburgh and Stirling, with their fine castles are within an hour's travel of Glasgow and good travel links make these journeys easy to achieve.

The world-renowned Loch Lomond is also within easy reach of Glasgow and is an eye-opener to the wonderful scenery that Scotland has to offer.

Finally, Glasgow also offers a rich cultural life with several theatres, a concert hall and other live-music venues. There are also great opportunities for shopping from specialist shops to high street names in a centre that has been said to be the best place in Britain for shopping outside London. Glasgow has much to offer in so many ways and we look forward to welcoming you to our rich and vibrant city.
Further information on the city of Glasgow can be found at

Amongst many other things Glasgow has played an important part in the history of Teacher Training. David Stow, the educational pioneer and reformer, established Dundas Vale Normal Seminary in Glasgow in 1837. This was the first Teacher Training College in Scotland and began the process of development in teacher education which led to the establishing of Jordanhill College of Education in 1921. In 1975/76 Jordanhill was probably the largest Teacher Training Institute in Europe with almost 4,000 students.

It was during this period of expansion that Storyline was developed by the Staff Tutor team of the Inservice Department at the College and this leads to an interesting story about links between the city and this approach to teaching now known as Storyline. During the late 70s and early 80s there was a lively exchange arrangement between members of staff at Jordanhill College and the University of Hamburg. A German Professor, writing a description of the Storyline approach in an educational journal gave it the name 'Die Methode Glasgow' because he was describing what he had seen in schools that city. Although it is now more commonly known as Storyline the old name is still used with affection in many parts of Germany.

So Glasgow has played a large part in the 'history' and development of this pedagogy and it is right that this conference should celebrate these links in its home town with enthusiasts from many other countries.


Venue & Travel

The conference is taking place in the modern purpose built campus of Glasgow Caledonian University which is located in the city centre.

Glasgow Caledonian University
Cowcaddens Road
G4 0BA

Glasgow has excellent air, rail and road links with the rest of the UK and also with the surrounding region. The University Campus is ideally situated next to all the major car, bus and rail links making it easy to get around the city and out to the surrounding area.

Travel Glasgow International Airport (GLA) has direct links to many European cities. Many flights are also available via London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Amsterdam Airports, which in turn have direct flights to numerous cities worldwide. Many airlines, including low-cost ones, fly into Glasgow International Airport. The airport is 13km from the city centre, which can be reached by bus or taxi.

An alternative is to use Glasgow Prestwick International Airport (PIK) from which low costs flights go to a range of European destinations. Prestwick International Airport is 48 km south of Glasgow, a drive of approximately 45 minutes. Regular train and bus services also connect with Glasgow city centre (journey time, about an hour).

It is also possible to fly to Edinburgh International Airport (EDI), which is approximately 1 hour's drive from Glasgow.

For those with a bit more time to spare Glasgow is well served by rail services from the south of England. Travellers from London can use either the West Coast Line (Virgin Trains) or the East Coast Line (GNER).

The University is only ten minutes walk away from both Glasgow Central and Queen Street stations. These provide fast and frequent links with all cities around the country and are also the central hub of all regional rail travel. or

Bus/Coach Buchanan Bus Station is situated directly opposite the University Campus on Cowcaddens Road.

The University is five minutes from Junction 16 of the M8 motorway, which links Glasgow to the capital city, Edinburgh and to the south. There is a NCP car park (Concert Square Car Park) directly opposite the entrance to Glasgow Caledonian University that can accommodate in excess of 200 cars.

Download Glasgow map

General Information

Banks and Currency Exchange The United Kingdom's currency is Pounds Sterling. Scottish pound notes are also issued by banks in Scotland. These are valid throughout the UK but must be exchanged prior to departure from the UK. Credit cards are widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Traveller's cheques are also accepted for purchasing goods and can be cashed at banks, post offices and hotels.

The organisers cannot accept any responsibility for individual travel, medical or personal insurance. Delegates are strongly advised to have their own travel insurance policies.

In October, the weather is likely to be variable, with an average temperature of 12ºC. However Scottish weather is not always predictable, it is advisable to bring a sweater and raincoat.

Registration Information

Delegate Registration for Conference: 27-29 October 2006

All Conference attendees, including invited speakers, must register in advance of the conference. All fully registered delegates will receive the following:

  • Conference Pack including the Conference Programme and other associated materials
  • Name Badge permitting access to all Sessions
  • Teas/Coffees and Lunch during breaks
  • Admission to Civic Reception at Glasgow City Chambers, 28 October 2006

General registration will begin on Saturday 28 October from 0800 hours and will continue throughout the Conference opening at 0830 hours on Sunday 29 October.

Conference delegates with special needs should contact the Conference Secretariat in advance for assistance.

Registration Fees
To take advantage of the reduced registration rates, all registration forms must be returned by 25 August 2006. The registration fees are as follows:

Early Registration
(prior to/on 15 September 2006)
Late Registration
(after 25 August 2006)
Early Day Registration
Late Day Registration
Storyline Dinner
£ 50.00
Pre-Conference Workshop
£ 30.00
Post Conference School Visits
No Charge

Payment of fees must accompany all registration forms.

As the financial year for 2006 begins on 1 April you can purchase places for the conference in the 2005 financial year and the 2006 financial year while still taking advantage of the early registration fee as long as you do so prior to 25 August 2006.

Credit Card Credit card is the preferred method of payment. The following credit cards are welcome: Visa, Mastercard. Unfortunately American Express and Diners Cards cannot be accepted.

Personal or Company Cheque Payment by personal or company cheque, drawn on a UK bank only will be accepted. Payments should be made to:
"Enterprising Careers, University of Strathclyde"

Invoice (accompanied by Institutional Purchase Order Number) Delegates requiring invoices MUST provide a purchase order number and invoice department/address if different from address for correspondence on registration form.




Owing to the demand for accommodation in Glasgow in October 2006, all accommodation must be reserved before 25 August 2006. Bookings and rates cannot be guaranteed after this date. Early booking is recommended as the city hotels are very busy during October.

We have secured accommodation at 4 hotels close to the conference venue to suit all price brackets. If you would like us to arrange accommodation on your behalf we would like to advise you to book early. All rates quoted per room per night and are inclusive of breakfast and VAT charged at 17.5%.

Thistle Hotel
Cambridge Street,
G2 3HN

The Thistle Hotel provides excellent 4-star comfort; the rooms are spacious, comfortable and offer modern-day conveniences. The Thistle Hotel is located approximately 10 minutes walk from the conference venue.

£ 110.00 single occupancy
£ 125.00 twin/double occupancy

Express By Holiday Inn
Glasgow City Centre – Theaterland
West Nile Street 165
G1 2RL

The Express by Holiday Inn is a two star hotel which provides excellent value for money and is ideally situated in the heart of the city within the Theatreland district. Glasgow's variety of shopping options are all within easy walking distance of the hotel. This hotel is approximately a 5 minute walk from the conference venue.

£ 78.00 single occupancy

IBIS Hotel
220 West Regent Street
G2 4DQ

The Ibis is a 2 star hotel which provides good value for money is located within easy reach of Glasgow's restaurants and shops. This hotel is approximately a 20 minute walk from the conference venue.

£ 69.95 single occupancy

Premier Travel Inn
10 Elmbank Gardens
G2 4PP

The Premier Travel Inn provides excellent 3 star accommodation which is affordable yet comfortable. This hotel is approximately a 20 minute walk from the conference venue and is close to many of Glasgow city centre restaurants and shops.
£ 56.00 single occupancy
£ 63.85 twin/double occupancy

Please supply a credit card to secure your hotel accommodation.

Other Accommodation
There are numerous hotels, hostels and bed and breakfast facilities on offer in Glasgow. If you wish to make your own accommodation reservations please visit the Glasgow Tourist Board website:

If you wish to attend the conference as a member of the press you must contact the Conference Secretariat in advance of the meeting.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be intimated in writing or emailed to the Conference Secretariat.

Registration Fees
Cancellations of registration received on or before 25 August 2006 An administration fee of £50 will be deducted from any refund issued

Cancellations of registration received after 25 August 2006

Cancellations received on or before 25 August 2006
No charge will be made

Cancellations received after 25 August 2006

Contact Details

General Enquiries
Conference Secretariat
International Storyline Conference 2006:
c/o Meeting Makers Ltd, Jordanhill Campus, 76 Southbrae Drive, Glasgow, G13 1PP
Tel: +44 (0) 141 434 1500 Fax: +44 (0) 141 434 1519

Conference Programme information
Steve Bell
Sallie Harkness


Internet registration has now closed but you may register in person on Saturday 28 October at the Saltire Centre in Caledonian University – click here for map