Unpacking Counter Narratives: Examining Multiple Perspectives and Diverse Voices

Spring 2018 quarter

Taught by

teacher education, critical pedagogy
educational policy studies, qualitative research methods

How can we create different forms of education, knowledge, and literacy through storytelling, oral history, multimedia, and popular culture in order to provide a space for marginalized voices to be heard? To address this question, this program will examine how counter-narrative and qualitative research offer a framework for diverse voices to share, research, and create unique, personal, and contextualized multicultural learning experiences. By engaging in the study of education, literature, storytelling, and multimedia, we will explore the lives and experiences of people from different cultures, times, and places. The study of counter-narratives will also help us make meaning of our daily encounters, language, intersectionality, and strategies for community-building. As a pedagogical framework, the examination of counter-narratives will help us expand our understanding of teaching, learning, and language. A major objective of our study of counter-narratives is for students to expand their understanding of research from multiple perspectives and generate new frameworks for cross-cultural education.

In this unique and collaborative program between two institutions of higher education, Evergreen and Daejeon University in Korea, together we will investigate how to conduct oral-history research, storytelling, and learning in a diverse learning community. In addition, this program will serve as an opportunity to support students developing more complex language, literacy, qualitative research, and ESL skills through cooperative and collaborative learning. Students will take an active role in working together through community-based activities, peer mentoring, and local field trips.

Program Details

Fields of Study

cultural studies education language studies writing

Preparatory For

education, teaching English language learners, qualitative research, and oral history


Spring Open

Location and Schedule

Final Schedule and Room Assignment

Campus Location


Time Offered


Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online


$200 for entrance fees, transportation, and an overnight field trip.