The Influence of Multicultural Learning Communities on the Intrapersonal Development of First-Generation College Students

Author(s):
Jehangir, Rashné; Williams, Rhiannon; Jeske, Judith
Publication Year:
2012
Source:
Journal of College Student Development

This longitudinal study of first-generation, low-income students considers the impact of their participation in a multicultural learning community designed to combat the isolation and marginalization they experience at a large Midwestern research university. The study explores the extent to which multicultural curriculum and critical pedagogy create avenues for intrapersonal self-authorship for historically marginalized students in a TRiO program. Findings indicate that intentionally drawing students’ lived experiences into the learning process and scaffolding opportunities to reflect on one’s multiple identities positively impacts development of the intrapersonal dimension of self-authorship.

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