Developing cultural responsiveness in environmental design students through digital storytelling and photovoice
Cushing, Debra Flanders & Love, Emily Wexler (2013) Developing cultural responsiveness in environmental design students through digital storytelling and photovoice. Journal of Learning Design, 6(3), pp. 63-74.
As the Latino population in the United States grows, it will become increasingly important for undergraduate students in environmental design and related disciplines to become more culturally responsive and learn how to understand and address challenges faced by population groups, such as Latino youth. To this end, we involved environmental design undergraduate students at the University of Colorado in a service-learning class to mentor Latino youth in the creation of multimedia narratives using photovoice and digital storytelling techniques. The introduction of technology was used as a bridge between the two groups and to provide a platform for the Latino youth to reveal their community experiences. Based on focus group results, we describe the impact on the undergraduate students and provide recommendations for similar programs that can promote cultural responsiveness through the use of digital technology and prepare environmental design students to work successfully in increasingly diverse communities.
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