Date of Award
Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning (CDP)
International Development, Community and Environment
This paper explores the concept of the atmosphere of a space, specifically related to educational and goal oriented spaces housed in Youth-Adult Partnerships, and guided by curriculum. Through participatory action research, myself and the peer leaders of Worcester’s HOPE Coalition have engaged in a deep reflection on our experiences in these spaces together. Through our dialogue we came to conceptualize the atmosphere or “vibe,” and theorized how it is created, how it changes, and how it impacts space and the people in it. We created a vibe identification system, and used it to analyze stories of particular experiences. Out of our analysis, and the themes that we identified, we came to conclusions that shed light on the importance of including an analysis of atmosphere when engaging with the theory and practice of curriculum development, and Youth-Adult Partnerships.
Folsom-Fraster, Jacob, "What's the Vibe? Curriculum, Atmosphere, and Youth-Adult Partnerships" (2018). International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE). 208.