Proposal Title

Lived Experiences of Adult Ex-Offenders Using Digital Storytelling to Tell their Story

Affiliation

Barry University

Department or Program

Curriculum and Instruction

Start Date

15-4-2017 12:05 PM

End Date

15-4-2017 12:35 PM

Presentation Keywords/Areas

Arts-Based Methodologies

Abstract

After having been incarcerated in the criminal justice system, individuals often feel misconstrued, unnoticed, or excluded by society. This qualitative study seeks to examine the use of digital storytelling as a reflective tool to give the marginalized population of ex-offenders voice and allow them an opportunity to use their stories to inspire and mentor at-risk youth. Digital storytelling is commonly used as a “means of empowerment for marginalized voices” (Podkalicka & Campbell, p.208, 2010) making positive change. Digital storytelling provides people a unique way to share stories using images, sounds, and digital media. The study will collect data from a group of young adult ex-offenders who share their experiences using digital storytelling to help empower self-advocacy. Participants for the study were recruited through community agencies and religious organizations who serve the ex-offender population. Participants will be guided by the researcher through the development of their individual stories. They will begin their story writing about their incarcerated experience, then will write a script, create a storyboard, and create their story using images, audio, and video. Next, all the pieces of their digital videos will come together and be shared with an audience of at-risk youth. In a face to face interview with the researcher, semi-structured interview questions will be used to facilitate the participants’ reflection on their life experiences and how their story can influence others. Sources of information for this narrative study include semi-structured interviews, observations, and a researcher journal. Interviews will be audio recorded and transcribed by the researcher.

Presentation Type and Comments

a) 20-minute presentation

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Lived Experiences of Adult Ex-Offenders Using Digital Storytelling to Tell their Story

After having been incarcerated in the criminal justice system, individuals often feel misconstrued, unnoticed, or excluded by society. This qualitative study seeks to examine the use of digital storytelling as a reflective tool to give the marginalized population of ex-offenders voice and allow them an opportunity to use their stories to inspire and mentor at-risk youth. Digital storytelling is commonly used as a “means of empowerment for marginalized voices” (Podkalicka & Campbell, p.208, 2010) making positive change. Digital storytelling provides people a unique way to share stories using images, sounds, and digital media. The study will collect data from a group of young adult ex-offenders who share their experiences using digital storytelling to help empower self-advocacy. Participants for the study were recruited through community agencies and religious organizations who serve the ex-offender population. Participants will be guided by the researcher through the development of their individual stories. They will begin their story writing about their incarcerated experience, then will write a script, create a storyboard, and create their story using images, audio, and video. Next, all the pieces of their digital videos will come together and be shared with an audience of at-risk youth. In a face to face interview with the researcher, semi-structured interview questions will be used to facilitate the participants’ reflection on their life experiences and how their story can influence others. Sources of information for this narrative study include semi-structured interviews, observations, and a researcher journal. Interviews will be audio recorded and transcribed by the researcher.