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ERIC Number: EJ859413
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-8756-3894
Supporting School-Home Connections through Photo Journaling: Capturing Everyday Experiences of Nutrition Concepts
Land, Susan M.; Smith, Brian K.; Park, Sunghyun; Beabout, Brian; Kim, KyoungNa
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v53 n6 p61-65 Nov 2009
Bransford, Brown, and Cocking (2000) note that students spend only 14% of their time in school but roughly 53% of their time in the home and community. The context of children's home and community life is largely untapped by schools, partially due to the logistics of organizing and capturing these experiences for study in the classroom. The use of mobile computing devices, such as digital cameras, handheld computers, GPS systems, or audio/video recorders, to capture learners' experiences outside of the classroom could provide the portability needed for such endeavors. This article discusses a project that attempts to support the connection between home and school learning by asking students to bring their everyday, experiential world of health and nutrition into the classroom by capturing it through photo imaging and creating photo journals. Photo journaling is used to help students reflect on their eating habits in the context of a fifth-grade health unit and to connect their experiences to recommended nutrition practices. In the project, children's own nutrition experiences are central to the instructional unit. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 5
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Language: English
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