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Maggie La Rochelle

Email Address: 
mlarochelle@ucdavis.edu
Summary Academic Interest: 

My PhD research explores three place-based, experiential learning programs in which I was first a learner, then an educator, and finally a researcher, using a comparative case study approach. The purpose of this research is to more fully explicate the activities and impacts of constructivist methods of learning for place engagement. I study the experiences of learners to understand their motivations, values, and subsequent attitudes and choices. I also look at relationships between members of each learning community to better understand how power works within experiential learning relationships. Finally, I explore the institutional, geographic and pedagogical structures of these programs, which frame the relationships within them. I argue for how these structures could be designed more flexibly in order to respond to the happy reality of change in learning communities over time.

Education: 

2010 M.S. Community and Regional Development, University of California, Davis
2007 B.A. Literatures in English: Minor degrees in Political Science, Environmental Studies, University of California, San Diego
2005 Alum, International Honors Program (IHP), Indigenous Perspectives