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Oral Defence - Marianne Vander Dussen (Master of Education)

20 Jul 2016
10:00 AM

Marianne Vander Dussen
Master of Education
Telling Stories: Narrative Pathways to Character, Empathy and Belonging
10:00 am, Wednesday 20th July, 2016
Nipissing University, North Bay Campus, A257


Framed by Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, this narrative tells the tale of a multimodal storytelling research project that invited nine female participants to share their life experiences, opinions, thoughts and ideas through fiction, personal essays, music, art, and poetry. Starting upon a foundation of self-examination and identity awareness through character development, values, and a desire for social justice, collaborative conversation and participatory action research guided and inspired the pieces produced by the participants that eventually resulted in a hardcopy collection of their work entitled Authenticity. Throughout the nine-week project, various challenges and successes emerged, including an ethical dilemma in which my participants and I were tasked with negotiating the tension that exists between absolute freedom of speech and censorship for the purpose of protection. This thesis explores the possibility of storytelling being used as a narrative pathway for youth to find solace, belonging, and empathy in a troubled world.


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