2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

Digital Writing for Student Self-Identification 


Elizabeth A. Berendzen♦
Dr. Rebecca Dierking, Dr. Barbara J. Price, and Dr. Jamie D'Agostino, Faculty Mentors

To appeal to the diverse students of the modern English classroom, an updated curriculum is required to support students in self-identification during their formative high school years. Using digital writing, students have a space where they can write authentically, exploring multicultural and linguistic diversity, and improving digital literacy skills. This study tasked students with creating personal identities through creative and analytical writing on student-run blogs. Important topics students explored during this process related to student agency, creative expression, personal purpose, and overcoming social barriers. Digital writing allowed for a familiar platform to perform tasks required for the English curriculum and at the same time allowed for students to explore their purpose as writers. 

Keywords: self-identification , digital literacy, identity, blogging, multicultural, agency, expression, authenticity

Topic(s):Education
English, Secondary MAE Research
English MAE Intern

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 207-1
Location: MC 208
Time: 10:15

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