The Art of Observation: Issues and Potential of Using Photo-Methods in Critical Ethnography with Adolescents
Michael Boucher Jr., Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, United States
IJAVET Volume 8, Number 2, ISSN 1947-8607 Publisher: IGI Global
The use of photographs in ethnographic education research is an emerging method that promises to enable scholars to collect deeper, more meaningful data from individuals who may otherwise be silenced. When used to empower participants, photo methodologies can remove what Foucault (1980) described as the analytical “gaze,” allowing for discussions of difficult or taboo subjects like race, sex, gender, and dis/ability (p. 155). This article discusses the development of photo methods in ethnographic education research, contributes practical suggestions as to their use, and provides successful examples where photos have empowered study participants. To do both science and justice in cooperation with one's participants, empowering communities and individuals and collecting trustworthy data are equal goals. Using photos in the reviewed studies achieved positive results for participants and revealed new understandings of communities, culture, and individuals.
Boucher Jr., M. (2017). The Art of Observation: Issues and Potential of Using Photo-Methods in Critical Ethnography with Adolescents. International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, 8(2), 1-15. IGI Global.