Danger of a Single Picture A Storybook about Multiple Perspectives
Supervisory and editorial work by Petra Rauschert and Fabiana Cardetti
Short stories contributed by Michael Gaiewski, Maximilian Hauer, Christopher Hayes, Sebastian Lory, Angela Mastropietro, Josip Matosevic, Gabrielle Melamed, Daniel Mourad, Lisa Naples, Nora Röver, Josefine Winter, and Stefanie Wölfl.
Cover artwork created by Servando Díaz.
This publication may not be reproduced in part or in whole without permission from the editors. Educators wishing to know more details about this project to adapt to their own context are encouraged to contact the editors directly.
January 2020 Connecticut, USA; Munich, Germany
Senior Lecturer, Department of English and American Studies (TEFL), University of Munich, Germany. Email: email@example.com
Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Connectitut, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Danger of a Single Picture (Stefanie Wölfl, Maximilian Hauer) Two Friends a World Apart (Nora Röver, Josef Matosevic) The Walk (Josefine Winter, Sebastian Lory) Tea-time Shenanigans (Gabbie Melamed, Lisa Naples) No Choice, Multiple Choice (Angie Mastropietro, Michael Gaiewski) ESL Math Classroom of Vegetables (Daniel Mourad, Christopher Hayes)
About the Cover
This multimodal storybook is the outcome of an intercultural, interdisciplinary and collaborative project between a foreign languages course in Germany and a mathematics course in the United States. Dr. Petra Rauschert lead the foreign languages group of students who were participating in a course in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. The mathematics group was lead by Professor Fabiana Cardetti whose students were participating in a course on mathematics education at the University of Connecticut.
We engaged in this collaboration as part of our learning about intercultural communicative competence using the Council of Europe’s Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture [RFCDC] (Barrett et al., 2018). The RFCDC model proposes 20 competences that are organized into four groups: values, attitudes, skills, and knowledge and critical understanding. For this particular activity we focused on the competences related to values.
Process For this activity our students first reflected on the competences presented in the RFCDC with a focus on values. We then used Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk "The Danger of a Single Story" (2009) as a starting point to reflect on local and global issues that can/should be seen from more than one perspective. The students finally wrote short stories in which they address these issues. The topics they chose are all related to the domain of values in the RFCDC. We used Google Slides for our collaboration because it allowed us to share the entire project content in a single file and comment on each other's work. We collaborated at every step in the creation of the short stories, i.e. we provided and responded to feedback, insights, and questions from the original brainstorming of ideas through to the final drafts of the stories. Students also created audio or video versions of their stories to further enhance the storybook, as well as to make these stories available to the visually impaired. The project outcome is this multimodal (digital) storybook that tries to inspire its readers to see things from different angles.
We hope you enjoy!
Petra and Fabiana (on behalf of the entire LMU/UConn project team)
References Adichie, C. N. (2009, July). Newton Aduaka: The danger of a single story [video file]. Retrieved from: https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story
Barrett, M., de Bivar Black, L., Byram, M., Faltýn, J., Gudmundson, L., van’t Land, H., & Zgaga, P. (2018). Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture, Volume 1: Context, concepts and model. Strasburg: Council of Europe. Retrieved from: https://rm.coe.int/prems-008318-gbr-2508-reference-framework-of-competences-vol-1-8573-co/16807bc66c.
Department of TEFL Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich Germany
Math Department University of Connecticut Storrs, CT USA