Framing students’ reflective interactions based on photos

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Critical reflection, addressing students’ attitude, beliefs and values related to pressing topics in the world, plays a crucial role in developing ethical sensitiveness and critical design literacy in design education. Critical reflection is provoked by discussing self-made photos, as is demonstrated in the research method Photovoice. This paper considers Photovoice in design education for its ability to foster learning through self-guided critical reflective interactions with peers based on self-made photos. Research on how to support this is lacking. This paper addresses this gap by studying students engaging in self-guided Photovoice assignments. Results consist of adapted steps for Photovoice in education and illustrate potential as well as boundaries of self-guided Photovoice through students’ quotes and photomaps. Also, five frames of interpretation, suggested by students engaged in self-guided Photovoice, contribute to previous knowledge and may inspire the design education community to start experimenting with Photovoice in course work. The final aim is to support students in critical reflection, a crucial skill for responsible design professionals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVolume 1 Proceedings DRS LEARNxDESIGN 2021
Subtitle of host publicationEngaging with Challenges in Design Education: 6th International Conference for Design Education Researchers 24-26 September 2021 Jinan | China
EditorsErik Bohemia, Liv Merete Nielsen, Lusheng Pan, Naz A.G.Z. Börekçi, Yang Zhang
PublisherDesign Research Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781912294435
Publication statusPublished - 27 Dec 2021
EventDRS LEARN X DESIGN 2021 : 6th International Conference for Design Education Researchers | Engaging with Challenges in Design Education - Shandong University of Art & Design, Jinan, China
Duration: 24 Sept 202126 Sept 2021


ConferenceDRS LEARN X DESIGN 2021
Abbreviated titleLxD2021
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