Publication Date

2011

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Linda Gobbo

Abstract

Princeton in Africa’s digital storytelling reentry project was designed to fill gaps in reentry programming by encouraging returned fellowship participants to reflect on their experiences living and working in Africa and by helping them identify areas of personal growth and transformation. This project also aims to strengthen the connection Fellows feel to the Princeton in Africa community and their cohort of Fellows. The digital storytelling project will assist the organization with marketing, recruitment, attracting attention from potential partner organizations, engaging donors and other program needs. A pilot digital storytelling project took place at the end of the 2010-11 fellowship year to determine the project’s feasibility. The second iteration of this program will take place at the conclusion of Princeton in Africa’s 2012-13 fellowships. The project involves producing a digital story based on individual fellowship experiences using photos, narration, text and music. Fellows will be asked to describe a learning experience related to their fellowships that had a deep, lasting impact on them and translate it to a digital story. Participation is optional.

The Princeton in Africa program manager will facilitate this project for the Fellows who choose to participate and will advise them via email, phone and Skype through each stage of creation: brainstorming, story-writing, preproduction, digital story creation and digital story sharing. The project’s foundations are based on theories of reentry, experiential learning, holistic learning and student development, constructivism, and storytelling as a tool for reflection, among others. Through this digital storytelling project, Fellows will be invited to analyze how their Princeton in Africa fellowships were unique learning experiences that affected their values, belief systems and future goals.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Educational Sociology | International and Comparative Education