Preserving Heritage Stories and Encouraging Students to Pass Them On

By Elia Vázquez-Montilla, Maria Elizabeth Gonzales Velasco, Carolyn Spillman and Danilo M. Baylen.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Since time began, we believe that humans have had a special need to preserve stories of their lives and pass them into posterity.

Keywords: Storytelling, Heritage Stories, Pedagogical tool, Narratives

International Journal of Learning, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp.157-166. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.300MB).

Dr. Elia Vázquez-Montilla

Dr Vázquez-Montilla completed her B.A. in 1969 at the University of Puerto Rico. She also completed her masters program (M. Ed.) in Education, Administration and Supervision at the University of Puerto Rico in 1975. In 1991, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida with majors in elementary education and multicultural bilingual education. Dr Vázquez-Montilla has been working with linguistically and culturally diverse students and families in Florida since 1987. Research interests include teacher education, linguistically and culturally diverse families, and monitoring academic performance of English language learners. Dr Vázquez-Montilla is a founding faculty member and professor of the College of Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. In 2003 she was the recipient of the University Senior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. One of her strongest contribution to the College of Education and FGCU has been her creation and implementation of 5 new and outstanding Internet distance courses that lead to a complete program track for English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) endorsement courses for teachers. She has published numerous articles and has presented at state, national, and international professional conferences. Dr Vázquez-Montilla provides service to surrounding school districts on ESOL issues and trends and willingly shares her expertise on ESOL issues with faculty and students.

Dr Maria Elizabeth Gonzales Velasco

Maria Elizabeth Gonzales is a US citizen, born in La Paz, Bolivia. She did her undergraduate studies in Art Education at Florida International University. She worked in Bolivia as an art teacher for three years before returning to Florida for her graduate Work. She obtained a Masters in Education from University of Central Florida in 1996 with a thesis focusing on Intercultural Education. She did her field work for the doctoral work in Bolivia in the area of Curriculum Development and Education Reform with the focus on sustainable development. She obtained her Ph.D. in April of 2002. At present she is a professor in the College of Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. Her research interests include curriculum development as it is defined through intercultural education, storytelling, and other forms of cultural expressions.


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