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"The prettiest photos are the ones that have happy people in them": the use of photovoice in an upper-division physics capstone project course
written by Kristin A. Oliver, Victoria Borish, Bethany R. Wilcox, and Heather J. Lewandowski
Photovoice is a type of participatory action research that aims to enable people to act as recorders and agents of change in their communities. When using the photovoice methodology, participants take photos in response to open-ended prompts and write short captions to accompany their photos. At the end of the photovoice process, participants engage in a focus group where they collectively determine some themes that their photos show, allowing them to co-create the research being done. We implemented the photovoice methodology in a project-based upper-division physics course in which the students partnered with a company in the quantum industry to work on a real-world collaborative project. We present here an example of how photovoice can be used as part of a physics course with a focus on some preliminary results from the students' focus group. These results demonstrate that the focus group allowed us as researchers to gain new types of information from our students that we may not otherwise have learned, and that the students appreciated the photovoice process, particularly after engaging in the focus group activity.
Physics Education Research Conference 2023
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, CA: July 19-20, 2023
Pages 254-259
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K. Oliver, V. Borish, B. Wilcox, and H. Lewandowski, , presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2023, Sacramento, CA, 2023, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16592&DocID=5772).
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K. Oliver, V. Borish, B. Wilcox, and H. Lewandowski, "The prettiest photos are the ones that have happy people in them": the use of photovoice in an upper-division physics capstone project course, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2023, Sacramento, CA, 2023, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16592&DocID=5772>.
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Oliver, K., Borish, V., Wilcox, B., & Lewandowski, H. (2023, July 19-20). "The prettiest photos are the ones that have happy people in them": the use of photovoice in an upper-division physics capstone project course. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2023, Sacramento, CA. Retrieved May 21, 2024, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16592&DocID=5772
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Oliver, K, V. Borish, B. Wilcox, and H. Lewandowski. ""The prettiest photos are the ones that have happy people in them": the use of photovoice in an upper-division physics capstone project course." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2023, Sacramento, CA, July 19-20, 2023. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16592&DocID=5772 (accessed 21 May 2024).
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Oliver, Kristin A., Victoria Borish, Bethany Wilcox, and Heather J. Lewandowski. ""The prettiest photos are the ones that have happy people in them": the use of photovoice in an upper-division physics capstone project course." Physics Education Research Conference 2023. Sacramento, CA: 2023. 254-259 of PER Conference. 21 May 2024 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16592&DocID=5772>.
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