ERIC Number: EJ1027903
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Participatory Photography: Can It Help Adult Learners Develop Agency?
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v33 n2 p233-249 2014
This article draws on a participatory photography project conducted with 10 socioeconomically disadvantaged adult learners for six weeks within the framework of production pedagogy. Throughout the project, the participants took photographs about their lives in response to three prompts that I gave: (1) take photographs of people that are important to you; (2) take photographs of an event or your community; and (3) tell your experience or story through photographs. Shortly after the project, I conducted interviews with individual participants to examine their experiences in engaging in the project. The study suggests that participatory photography can afford a space where adult learners can develop a sense of agency that seeks to bring about change in their lives in a positive way. I argue that the entire production process from conceptualizing ideas through exploring digital photography techniques and creating tangible outcomes is conducive to this development.
Descriptors: Photography, Adult Students, Adult Education, Empowerment, Disadvantaged, Socioeconomic Status, Story Telling, Student Participation, Photojournalism, Exhibits, Semi Structured Interviews, Student Attitudes, Interpersonal Relationship, Art Therapy, Creative Thinking
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois