1st Edition

Developing a Model for Culturally Responsive Experiential Education Teachers as Allies in Student Journeys of Decolonization

By Elizabeth Laura Yomantas Copyright 2024
    194 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book provides a new, empirically informed framework designed to equip higher education faculty with the tools to help students engage in humanizing, mutually beneficial, and anti-colonial experiential education alongside other students and communities around the world.

    The author maps the conceptual development of culturally responsive experiential education (CREE) as a novel framework, situated at the nexus of culturally responsive research methodologies, the Indigenous research paradigm, critical service learning, and critical pedagogy in experiential education. The chapters detail qualitative research findings from an undergraduate CREE program in rural Fiji to illustrate the implementation of the novel CREE framework and discuss post-program possibilities based on the research study findings. Situated in narrative inquiry, the book also includes interspersed participant vignettes in order to center student voices and illuminate the research study findings.

    With attention to themes including emergent critical consciousness, critical allyship, and personal journeys of decolonization as experienced through the CREE framework, it will be of benefit to both education scholars and higher education faculty interested in experiential education and culturally responsive pedagogies.

    1. Foundations of the Culturally Responsive Experiential Education Model  2. The Culturally Responsive Experiential Education Model  3. Implementation of the Culturally Responsive Experiential Education Model  4. Student Conceptions of Culturally Responsive Service Learning  5. Beginnings of Student Decolonization Journeys through Narratives of Connection and Belonging  6. Future Directions of the Culturally Responsive Experiential Education Model


    Elizabeth Laura Hope Yomantas is a teacher educator and an arts-based researcher. Her work has recognized by the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement and the American Educational Research Association International Studies Special Interest Group.