Date of Award
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences
Lynn Schofield Clark, Ph.D.
Digital storytelling, Identity, International education, Narrative, Reentry, Study abroad
Digital storytelling is a multimedia genre that has been steadily gaining recognition since its inception in the early 1990s. Study abroad is also on the rise among U.S. undergraduates. Study abroad returnees often lack opportunities for structured reflection upon their experiences abroad. Digital storytelling is one reflective tool that may be useful for stimulating reflection as part of a narrative process, which connects past events with current life choices and solidifies identity. Five undergraduates and three graduate students attended digital storytelling workshops, created digital stories, and were interviewed. Analysis of these case studies found that while graduate students were more adept at identifying life-changing moments, both groups benefited from narrative closure. The study confirms that digital storytelling is an important resource for study abroad returnees to help them uncover the significance of their experience abroad and can be used as an institutional assessment tool.
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Received from ProQuest
Hubbell, Nicole, "Digital Storytelling and Study Abroad: The Impact of a Narrative-Based, Reflective Practice upon Identity Construction" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 296.
Communication, Mass communication, Higher education