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McNair Scholar 2016Dorothy O’Berry

Dorothy O’Berry is a senior, majoring in business and marketing education with a minor in technical communication. Her research interests involve exploring alternate pedagogies on a wider scale, looking at various ways in which unconventional teaching methods affect learning, and also the exploration of the relation between teaching and technology. And more specifically, the ways in which educators can utilize technology to enhance classroom learning. Ms. O’Berry plans to pursue her master’s degree in multicultural college teaching and learning.

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I believe that education is not only the key to success but also the key to survival. My dream is to provide an equal opportunity for quality education for all who desire it.

Research project

An exploration of how narrative pedagogy impacts student learning outcomes

Abstract: Narrative pedagogy embodies the method of teaching through storytelling. This approach focuses on the experience of encountering and engaging with the narrative of self and others.
While creating opportunities to validate the lived experience of students, it also creates space for encounters that contest previously held beliefs about individuals, groups or issues in the world. This study explores how one high impact practice in the form of documentary filmmaking creates counter-narratives that shape student engagement and learning. The qualitative data is drawn from a subset of 15 out of an overall 60 student reflective writings and the findings include both process and learning outcomes. Preliminary findings suggests that students developed in 4 specific areas of competence: interpersonal, intrapersonal, cognitive complexity and knowledge construction and humanitarianism and civic engagement. This paper outlines preliminary findings that will ultimately contribute to a larger body of data. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Rashné Jehangir is a Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor and Associate Professor of Higher Education in the College of Education and Human Development. She earned an M.A. in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology and Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Minnesota and spent a decade working in TRIO programs prior to joining the faculty. Jehangir's research examines the experience of low-income, first-generation students in college. In particular, she focuses on how curricular and pedagogical interventions can impact students’ longitudinal intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive development. Two current research projects employ visual mediums specifically photos and films shot with the iPad to explore how narrative pedagogy impacts students’ learning and identity development in college.