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ERIC Number: EJ1402860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2640-4524
EISSN: EISSN-2578-2568
Elucidating College Students' Stressors: Photovoice as a Pedagogical Tool and Qualitative Methodology
DeAnne Priddis; Heather L. Hundley
Journal of Communication Pedagogy, v7 p41-61 2023
Traditional research examining student stress relies on surveys using pre-determined categories. This study diverts from that approach by adopting a Conflict in Communication class assignment over seven classes (N = 115) using photovoice to determine if results fluctuate by using a different methodology. Additionally, we sought to understand if the sources of stress vary by gender and semester. The data revealed seven categories as the main stressors of student conflict: (1) time management, (2) mental health, (3) finding oneself, (4) future uncertainty, (5) other, (6) financial, and (7) past mistakes. Regardless of participants' sex/gender or semester in which the data were collected, time management and mental health remained constant. Furthermore, finding oneself and future uncertainty were stressors identified more often in the fall rather than the spring semester. These results varied from traditional survey research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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