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ERIC Number: ED429473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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The Use of Reflexive Photography in the Study of the Freshman Year Experience.
Harrington, Charles; Lindy, Ingrid
This study used reflexive photography to examine the perceptions of college freshmen at the University of Southern Indiana. A random sample of 10 first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen completed an initial interview and background questionnaire and were given a 27-exposure disposable camera to take pictures that would illustrate their impression of the university or help to describe their impressions. The participants were also asked to record their thoughts while taking the pictures, participate in a structured photo elicitation interview, and participate in a focus-group interview. A number of primary themes emerged in the students' photographs and in their discussions of them, including perceptions about the university's physical environment, interactions with faculty, interactions with other students, student support services, and career counseling and preparation for the future. Some of the positive aspects of the university experience cited were frequent and meaningful interactions with faculty, the development of deep friendships with peers, and the accessibility of the campus. Negative aspects of the university experience included the low level of racial diversity among student and faculty populations, the disruption of the on-campus flow of automobile traffic to accommodate construction, and the perceived lack of computer labs on campus. (Contains 36 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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