Ethical quandaries in personal storytelling for teaching and research


  • Wendy K. Mages Mercy College



Storytelling in education, Personal narrative, Oral narrative, Autobiographical storytelling, Memoir


“Triptych,” a reflection in poetic form, does not provide or ponder easy solutions to ethical dilemmas in personal storytelling (true personal stories shared in classrooms and/or performed in public forums), but illuminates a few issues tellers, teachers, and researchers may encounter as they strive to nurture and develop true stories that give voice to a diversity of lived experiences.

Author Biography

  • Wendy K. Mages, Mercy College

    Wendy K. Mages, a Professor at Mercy College, earned a master’s and doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a master’s in Theatre from Northwestern University. Her research has been published in journals such as Review of Educational Research, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Research in Drama Education, Youth Theatre Journal, Scenario, and the International Journal of Education and the Arts. In addition to her teaching and research, she performs autoethnographic stories at storytelling events, such as The Moth. One of her stories appears in The Journal of Stories in Science.


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