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picture including all names of OISE students presenting at the AERA conference in Spring 2018

Join OISE at AERA! Stephanie Buono and Deanna del Vecchio are two of nearly eighty OISE graduate students whose work will be showcased at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference this spring.


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Pictured: Stephanie Buono. photo credit: King Street Photo Studio.

The Role of Understanding Characters' Minds in a Narrative Task: Effects on Emotions and Performance

Can information in fictional narratives be employed to regulate emotion in real life? 
In her poster presentation, Stephanie Buono "examines students' emotions and comprehension of social cognitive elements of a story, to investigate how social cognitive information in storybooks is used to both facilitate understanding of the story and regulate emotions." Buono and coauthors Earl Woodruff and Etri Kocaqi encoded narratives for story quality and social cognitive comprehension and used new facial expression-coding technology to measure students' emotions. Buono comments that results from this study "will inform future research in self-regulated learning, and social-cognition, within technology-rich environments."
This presentation is part of a larger study Buono conducted for her Master's thesis. Her initial aim was to examine how students process emotions experienced by fictional characters and how they are affected by their own emotions while reading. "While I initially thought that these would be two separate phenomena," she comments, "I found that the efficiency with which students process fictional characters' thoughts and emotions, is in fact related to how students process and regulate their own emotions."
Poster Session: Division C Poster Session
Mon, April 16, 8:15 to 9:45am, New York Hilton Midtown, Third Floor, Americas Hall 1-2 - Exhibit Hall
Presenting author: Stephanie Buono, University of Toronto
coauthors: Earl Woodruff; Etri Kocaqi
photo of Deanna Del Vecchio
Pictured: Deanna Del Vecchio. Photo credit: Eve Tuck.

Mapping Youth Supports: A Systematic Appraisal of Services in the Mid-Hudson Valley

What is the significance of place to migrant undocumented young people, in the context of their post-secondary decision-making? How are relationships to place and land formed by migrant families amidst the power relations imposed by the settler state?
Deanna Del Vecchio explores these questions in relation to Deferred Action and Postsecondary Outcomes: the Role of Migrant Youth Settings in Effective and Equitable Policy, a five-year project led by Professor Eve Tuck. This project focusses on New York's Hudson's Valley, a region many migrant agricultural workers and their families call their seasonal home. As a Research Assistant, Del Vecchio conducted interviews, worked with focus groups, and employed mapping "as a form of spatial decolonization." "Indigenous theorizations of place underpin the project," she notes.  
Results point to the significant yet "fraught" relationship with place in the lives of the children of migrant workers as they navigate a rural geography with limited transportation options in a setting where service providers are dispersed across the region. 
Mon, April 16, 4:05 to 6:05pm, Millennium Broadway New York Times Square, Room 4.11

Presenting author: Deanna Del Vecchio

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