ERIC Number: ED318800
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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Photo-Interviewing as a Tool of Inquiry.
Tucker, Susan A.; Dempsey, John V.
This paper focuses on the challenges of using photographic evidence while conducting evaluation and research. The viability of photo-interviewing is discussed as part of a perception-based model of evaluation to describe and judge a technology infusion program in higher education. The program involved the use of a software tool, HyperCard, as a means of integrating many of the short- and long-term technology goals of the College of Education at the University of South Alabama (Mobile). Major evaluation questions, developed through negotiations among program participants, addressed the nature of participants and participation; the nature and effectiveness of training; the use of microcomputers in classrooms of participating faculty; other training taken by faculty participants; the impact of computer use on students; and outcomes, follow-ups, and replication strategies. Subjects participated in an "Introduction to HyperCard" workshop, during which they were photographed at selected times. One month after subjects participated in the workshop, photo-interviews were conducted with four groups of workshop participants (N=19 out of 27 students). Evaluators used a five-phase process to select photographs and clarify data derived from the oral interviews. Offering promise in bridging physical and psychological realities, this study applied a photoanalysis model to extend oral interview data gathered from a hypermedia training program. Four polemics concerning photo-interviewing as a tool of inquiry are presented. Four sample photographs are included. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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