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ERIC Number: ED546910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 346
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2675-0584-2
Giving Light to Voice: Individual Stories of Photovoice Research Participation
Morton, Janet Lee
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, North Carolina State University
The purpose of this research was to describe the individual experiences of support group members from a vulnerable population who had participated in Photovoice, a participatory action research strategy aimed at social change. The two research questions that guided this research were: 1. What are the experiences of individuals participating in a Photovoice research project aimed at social change? 2. How do members of a support group make meaning of their participation in a Photovoice project? Foundational areas of literature were (a) the social perspective--participatory action research and Photovoice; (b) the individual perspective--Orem's self-care deficit theory, self-efficacy, and a variety of individual change models; and (c) the perspective of photography as art, not merely a documentary technique, but a potential means of transformation and healing which, along with storytelling, leads to presentational knowing. Visual narrative inquiry was the methodology used to explore the individual experiences of support group members who had participated in Photovoice research. The four major findings were (a) choices and challenges about entering into and persisting in the research process, (b) personal and interpersonal growth and learning in a variety of areas and dimensions, (c) influence and change in the very areas of life that were challenging them, and (d) finding meaning and purpose in the Photovoice experience through restorying, reflection, and retelling their stories. This research highlighted both the positive and cautionary aspects of involving members of a vulnerable population in research aimed at social change, while also revealing the life-changing individual experiences the participants had as a result of being part of a Photovoice project. This study demonstrated the potential of presentational knowing through photography and storytelling to add rich dimensions of personal growth, learning, transformation, and meaning making to the Photovoice experience, while also enhancing relationships within the context of the support group. Implications for practice, research, and theory are provided for persons using the Photovoice research methodology, persons with disabilities, health care professionals, educators and administrators designing learning experiences, and persons working with special populations. Recommendations for further research include studying the individual experiences of other support group members with a disability or chronic condition who have participated in Photovoice research. A concurrent method of documenting individual experiences during the course of future Photovoice studies would be especially beneficial for continuing to explore the individual effects of participation in such research aimed at social change. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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