ERIC Number: EJ1132022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Fostering First-Year Students' Engagement and Well-Being through Visual Narratives
Everett, Michele C.
Studies in Higher Education, v42 n4 p623-635 2017
This article reports on a qualitative study that explored the learning outcomes from an innovative instructional method, visual narratives, used in a first-year seminar. Fifty-three students enrolled in a mandatory first semester student success course were instructed to use visual images to tell the story of the first-year experience. Data generated from visual narratives and reflection papers were analyzed to identify emergent themes. The findings extend current understandings of student engagement and well-being, and document the significant role pedagogical strategies can play in shaping meaningful learning experiences that facilitate first-year students' transition to university. The study's findings have implications for policy and practice at the institutional and classroom levels.
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Well Being, Qualitative Research, Visual Aids, Personal Narratives, First Year Seminars, Learner Engagement, Student Experience, Reflection, Transitional Programs, Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies, Educational Practices, Experiential Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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