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Connecting to Our Community: Utilizing Photovoice as a Pedagogical Tool to Connect College Students to Science
International Journal of Environmental and Science Education
  • Kristin Cook, Bellarmine University
  • Cassie F. Quigley, Clemson University
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Eurasian Society of Educational Research
In this study, we investigated the ways in which university students connected with science through the use of photovoice (Wang & Burris, 1994) as a pedagogical tool. Results indicated that students came to appreciate their connections to the science that operates in their lives as they reflected on and became empowered with regard to the science content behind environmental issues of interest to them on campus. Photovoice allowed students to authentically inquire about local science, as well as the potential to generate change in their own community. This understanding is significant to science educators because first, it empowers learners to connect with science and provides a way to deepen that connection with science; and second, it provides a pedagogical tool for science educators to use with their students to engage them in the science in their community. Finally, it has the potential to improve science teaching by creating students that are more connected to science and the world around them.

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