ERIC Number: ED429758
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Cross Cultural Images: The ETSU/NAU Special Photography Project.
Montgomery, Donna; Sluss, Dorothy; Lewis, Jamie; Vervelde, Peggy; Prater, Greg; Minner, Sam
Recreation is a significant part of a full and rich life but is frequently overlooked in relation to handicapped children. A project called Cross-Cultural Images aimed to improve the quality of life for handicapped children by teaching them avocational photography skills. The project involved mildly handicapped children aged 7-11 in Appalachia, on the Navajo Reservation, and along the Mexican border; special education teachers working in those areas; and faculty members and preservice educators at East Tennessee State University and Northern Arizona University. The project had four major components: teaching the children about photography (emphasizing subject selection, framing the shot, and use of light); allowing them the opportunity to take photographs (practice time followed by giving the students a simple one-time-use camera); mounting and displaying the exhibition (based on children's selections); and sharing the exhibition with children at other project sites. The students were very good at manipulating their cameras and ultimately produced images of high quality and interest. Several photographs were judged to be quite artistic and technically good by professional photographers who viewed the work. Although the students clearly acquired the knowledge and skill to do good work in photography, the most powerful project results were related to student pride and self-esteem. Suggestions are offered for project continuation and replication. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Rural Special Education for the New Millennium. Conference Proceedings of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (19th, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 25-27, 1999); see RC 021 888.