Why photovoice? Documenting Geographical Issues and their Consequences Using Photovoice as Pedagogical Tool in Geography Education

Authors: Chulki Cho*, Kyungpook National University / Western Michigan University, Byung-Yeon Kim, Dasa High School, Joseph P. Stoltman, Western Michigan University
Topics: Geography Education
Keywords: photovoice, critical pedagogy, active learning, citizenship, authentic learning, assessment, social justice and change
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 10:15 AM / 11:30 AM
Room: Granite A, Hyatt Regency, Third Floor
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This study examines the potential and implications of photovoice, a participatory action research tool and qualitative visual methodology as a pedagogical tool in school geography. The main stages of photovoice methodology were modified to suit the context for learning about geographical local issues (e.g., animal rights, food justice, environmental issues, development issues, etc.). Data were collected and grounded theory was applied to their analysis. Based on the results, the paper also discusses implications of photovoice as pedagogical tool for school geography in studying place/community, active learning and citizenship, authentic learning, assessment, social justice and change in a critical geographic context.

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