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THE VOICE OF STUDENTS AT RISK

by KROEGER, STEPHEN D.

Abstract (Summary)
Middle school educators want to gain deeper understanding of students at-risk for failure in order to improve practice and student performance. Paying attention to student voice encourages the formation of community and acts as a supportive factor by deepening student engagement in school. This study examined the social validity of Photovoice, an action research strategy that provides an opportunity for student voice, and has the potential to increase engagement. Through Photovoice, individuals of a community create and share photographs. The sharing of the photographs becomes a means of personal development and needs assessment, establishing relationships, making changes in the environment and in teaching practice, creating community, developing a shared sense of vision, and creating awareness in other members of the community. The dialogue and engagement with students produced in the process changed teacher perceptions of the student by breaking the child out of the isolated perceptual context that an educational setting can sometimes create. Implication for practice will be discussed.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:risk factors photovoice protective engagement dropout

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Date of Publication:01/01/2003

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