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ERIC Number: EJ1227168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2167-8715
Story Sharing in a Digital Space to Counter Othering and Foster Belonging and Curiosity among College Students
Baleria, Gina
Journal of Media Literacy Education, v11 n2 p56-78 2019
The purpose of this exploratory qualitative study was to discover how a single, relational intervention in a digital space focused on civil, respectful conversation across difference might influence digital media literacy (DML) among college students, with the goal of increasing college students' sense of belonging and level of curiosity. The researcher used a phenomenological approach, exploring and describing the lived experiences of students who participated in a micro-engagement with an "other" through interviews (Creswell, 2014). This study investigated the main question: (a) How does a semi-structured, relational micro-intervention focused on civil, respectful conversation across difference influence college students' sense of belonging and level of curiosity? This research was guided by the Framework for Individual Diversity Development (Chavez, Guido-DiBrito, & Mallory, 2003), which provided a theoretical model for the process of moving from lack of awareness and "othering" to awareness and acceptance. Findings that emerged involved students' recognition that a semi-structured micro-intervention with an "other" in a digital space enlightened them to the value of story sharing to navigate differences, find commonality, and establish small-scale relationships. These key findings indicate that the time and structure involved in a relational micro-interventions across difference in a digital space can influence DML, sense of belonging, and level of curiosity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California