ERIC Number: EJ1070963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
A Picture Is Worth... Capturing Meaning and Facilitating Connections: Using Outdoor Education Students' Photographs
Loeffler, T. A.
Australian Journal of Outdoor Education, v8 n2 p56-63 2004
The study examined the meaning of outdoor education experiences and the role photography plays in assisting students to make connections from their outdoor experiences to their everyday lives. Specifically, this exploratory qualitative study utilized photo-elicitation interviews to investigate the inner significance of structured university-based outdoor experiences for participants. Photo-elicitation provided a model for collaborative research in that the researcher became a listener as the research participants interpreted the images and their meanings for the researcher. The meanings that emerged from the data were grouped into three explanatory themes: spiritual connection with the outdoors, connections with others through shared outdoor experiences, and self-discovery and gaining perspectives through outdoor experiences. Additionally, photography proved to be a powerful reflective tool used by participants as anchors and triggers for past memories. Photographs assisted in capturing meaningful moments from participants' outdoor experiences, the images being used to share their experiences more easily with family and friends. This innovative approach contributes to both understanding outdoor experiences and to the ways in which photography facilitates participants' connections to those experiences. Findings suggest that outdoor educators facilitate participants' photography during outdoor experiences.
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Photography, Student Experience, Qualitative Research, Participatory Research, Student Attitudes, Discovery Learning, Reflection
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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