The Family Folklore Album: Using the Power of Stories to Engage Students in Family Science

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The Family Folklore Album project is a pedagogical tool in which students interview family members in order to collect stories which are then organized and critically analyzed using concepts and insights gained from a family science course. The Album is designed to help students to gain an awareness of their own family and their place within it, as well as the multiplicity of ways of being family. Formal assessment data of the project reveals that, in general, students appreciate the opportunity to spend time with and learn more about their family members, while at the same time gaining a deeper understanding of family science concepts and their own identity.


Boyd-Soisson, E., & Hamon, R. (2009). The family folklore album: Using the power of stories to engage students in family science. Family Science Review, 14(2). https://doi.org/10.26536/FSR.2009.14.02.05