The Student’s Journey Can Be Seen as a Hero’s Journey

From: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/302574250_The_power_of_self-reflection_-_Travelling_the_Hero’s_Journey
The Power of Self-Reflection: Traveling the Hero’s Journey
A paper delivered at the 40th International conference on Improving University Teaching, Ljubljana, Slovenia
by Julie Wilans, Central Queensland University

“A simple, self-reflective tool that has been used very effectively for well over a decade in a regional Australian pre-university preparatory program (STEPS ) is the use of the metaphor of the Hero’s Journey (Vogler, 2007).
        The Hero’s Journey is a self-reflective tool that can be utilised with students as a way to ‘normalise’ the range of emotions experienced during their formal learning journey. It provides a framework that can help students make sense of personal transformation.
        Because of its universality and timeless wisdom, mythic structure has been found to be an empowering tool for developing in adult learners the reality that change and difficulty can be a transformative force in their lives. In positioning the students as the hero/heroine of their own adventure, they are enlightened with the notion that they each hold the key to unlocking their own potential.The journey of the adult learner shares a number of parallels with the hero/heroine in storytelling. It involves a call to leave the ordinary world, to experience degrees of self-doubt and fear, to experience challenge and reward and to discover inner strength. At the outset of STEPS, and throughout the duration of the program, the Hero’s Journey stages are offered to the students as a means of making sense of personal challenge and change.”

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EigenWorks Shows Business People How to Use the Hero’s Journey to Understand Customers

 
Eigenworks is a business-consulting firm that shows business people how to use the Hero’s Journey to understand customers.

From: https://www.eigenworks.com/introduction-to-the-buyer-as-hero/
“What we take from the Hero’s Journey, developed by American writer Joseph Campbell, is that fundamental change necessitates heroic behavior. It requires a hero, and it requires allies. And it involves a lot of difficulty when organizations resist change. We can put a lot of business terms around that, like stakeholders, value propositions, and so on. But ultimately it’s the Hero’s Journey, and it helps us tap into the human psyche better than any objective measure…. View your customer as someone partaking on a new adventure or quest.”

Click here to access the full article at the eigenworks.com website. The article also includes circular images reflecting their interpretation of the hero’s journey cycle. See other circular images in Journey Circles at our Hero Tools section.

Check out other powerful hero resources at TheHeroPlace, including Hero Tools (such as StoryCraft Hero-Story Writing Software) and Hero Organizations (such as the Gallery of Heroes) as well as other Hero Wisdom (such as that of script-writing coach Skip Press). Also, search or submit to hero databases (such as hero-story databases) from around the Internet in the Your Heroes section of TheHeroPlace.

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