Digital storytelling is a modern storytelling method that uses videos, images, and audio to share knowledge, wisdom, values, and personal stories from the point of view of the creator in a 2-8-minute first person narrative. This study explored the cultural identity and school efficacy of students through the lens of digital storytelling. This mixed-methods study consisted of both qualitative and quantitative measures. A survey was conducted using the In-Group Identification Scale, the Multidimensional Inventory of Black Identity, and the School Efficacy Scale as the quantitative measures, and qualitative data was generated from the transcription and analysis of the digital storytelling films created by the participants. The Levy-Hughes Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, is an afterschool program for students residing in the heart of one of the most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Orlando, Florida, and was selected as the sample (N=11) for this study due to its majority minority student body population. There were two overarching research questions that this study aimed to answer: (RQ1): How do students identify their school efficacy compared to dominant perspectives based on their cultural identity as expressed through the lens of digital storytelling? (RQ2): What is the relationship between students' cultural identity and their school efficacy? The study's findings indicate that Digital Storytelling is a promising intervention in exploring the cultural identity and school efficacy of students, presenting counter-narratives to dominant perspectives, promoting culturally responsive teaching, and that satisfaction with one's In-Group membership has the strongest correlation to students believing they are capable of succeeding.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Community Innovation and Education
School of Public Administration
Public Affairs; Social Work
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Mack, Rachael, "Exploring the Cultural Identity and School Efficacy of Students Through the Lens of Digital Storytelling" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 613.