Photovoice as Pedagogy for Authentic Learning: Empowering Undergraduate Students to Increase Community Awareness About Issues Related to the Impact of Low Income on Health

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Muhsin Michael Orsini, AP Assistant Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Program (Creator)
Robert W. Strack, Associate Professor and Department Head (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Students preparing for helping professions who understand the influences of income on health are better equipped to address health challenges in communities and in their future careers. Universities have a responsibility to bolster and provide a safe environment for students to build and practice their 21st-century skills. When implemented as a pedagogical tool, photovoice projects have the potential to provide authentic learning experiences for students to engage in advocacy and civil discourse. Undergraduate students (n = 37) learning about the influence of low income on health engaged in a photovoice assignment, demonstrating their own understanding of the course content while effectively advocating for issues related to the health of low-income community members. Community members attending the exhibit (n = 32) completed surveys designed to capture their reactions to the students’ work. As a result of attending the students’ photovoice exhibit, community members reported increased awareness about issues of concern in the community as well as an affective response to the community concerns documented.

Additional Information

Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 2(2), 117-126. [2016]
Language: English
Date: 2016
health, photovoice, advocacy, poverty

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