Radical Pedagogy

Radical Pedagogy (2013)

Volume 10 Issue 2

ISSN: 1524-6345

 

 

   Nuñez-Janes & Re Cruz



Latino/a Students and the Power of Digital Storytelling



Mariela Nuñez-Janes

Department of Anthropology

University of North Texas

Texas, USA

E-mail: Mariela.Nunez-Janes@unt.edu


Alicia Re Cruz

Department of Anthropology

University of North Texas

Texas, USA

E-mail: Alicia.ReCruz@unt.edu



Abstract

     This paper discusses the pedagogical and methodological relevance of digital storytelling for Latino/a education.  Challenges to deficit based approaches of Latino/a schooling support the development of culturally relevant teaching practices that include the funds of knowledge of Latino/a families.  We provide an analysis of a digital storytelling workshop and the stories of a Latino high school student and a Latina college student in order to illustrate the cultural relevance of media technology in the education of Latino/a youth.  We argue that a digital storytelling praxis can be used as a pedagogical tool to research and transform the educational lives of Latino/a students.

     Keywords: Latinos, digital storytelling, praxis