Utilizing Cultural Narratives as an Online Tool for Enhancing Social Justice, Equity, and International Exchange
Rita Hagevik, Gina Barclay-McLaughlin, Jeffrey Davis, Deborah Wooten, Dane Bell, The University of Tennessee, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Four faculty members at a major University have been engaged with their students in the exchange of intercultural/international experiences, sharing interdisciplinary perspectives, and investigating methods to use IT to enhance this exchange. We have created cultural narratives, case stories and autobiographies that are from diverse populations and are cross cultural, for example Native American and deaf and hearing. IT tools have been utilized that are essential to the design, sustainability, and transferability of the online cultural narratives. We have found that cultural narratives encourage our students to compare their own experiences in their local context and situation to that of others. Ultimately, the goal is to promote social justice and equity and to support teachers, interpreters, and other professionals to collaborate more effectively to solve problems, and to critically examine their own actions and the resulting effects on students.
Hagevik, R., Barclay-McLaughlin, G., Davis, J., Wooten, D. & Bell, D. (2009). Utilizing Cultural Narratives as an Online Tool for Enhancing Social Justice, Equity, and International Exchange. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2231-2232). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).