Abstract




Teaching Introduction to Psychology: Promoting Student Learning Using Digital Storytelling and Community Engagement

Christina Grange
Clayton State University
(cgrange@clayton.edu)

Antoinette Miller
Clayton State University
(antoinettemiller@mail.clayton.edu)


Abstract:
This paper demonstrates how partnering with digital storytelling initiatives, like the StoryCorps project, can yield fruitful service-learning opportunities, while also supporting innovative approaches for teaching students from a range of disciplines who are enrolled in Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 1101). While various pedagogical tools for teaching psychology exist, StoryCorps provides a unique opportunity to expose students to a large range of people and related stories to which they may otherwise not have been exposed. This paper outlines a model for how a partnership with a local digital storytelling initiative (StoryCorps) can be integrated into a community engaged course and facilitate course activities reflecting an applied, multi-faceted learning environment. Preliminary data comparing student outcomes in the service-learning course to those in the traditional PSYC 1101 course are also discussed.






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