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ERIC Number: EJ1078112
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1359 6748
New Perspectives: Using Participatory Photography to Evaluate Widening Participation Interventions
Raven, Neil
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v20 n4 p460-475 2015
With much emphasis now placed upon determining the effectiveness of widening participation (WP) interventions, there is value in identifying evaluation methods best able to provide insights into the impact of this work. One method that has received little attention in the field of WP and yet has considerable potential in this respect is associated with the use of photography. Where they have been employed in such work, photographs have tended to be used to illustrate the character of interventions. However, photography can also be used as a means of generating data for the purposes of evaluation. This paper presents the findings of a pilot study that used participatory photography to evaluate a university-based WP intervention. By enabling participants--pupils from targeted schools--to determine the photographs that best captured their experiences and to compose the descriptions that accompanied these photographs, this method is shown to offer new insights into the impact of such activities; not only in terms of the pupils' engagement in the event but also in the learning they derived from it. Other benefits from deploying this research method, notably the insights it afforded the university students helping deliver the event and the practitioners leading it, are also explored.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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