Engaging Images for Research, Pedagogy, and Practice
Utilizing Visual Methods to Understand and Promote College Student Development

Foreword by Peter M. Magolda
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Publisher: Stylus Publishing
224 pp., 6" x 9"
37 figures, 1 table
This book introduces practitioners and researchers of student affairs to the use of images as a means to gaining new insights in researching and promoting student learning and development, and understanding the campus environment. Visual research methods can surface and represent ideas in compelling ways and augment the traditional written word and numerical data methodologies of social science research. The purpose of this book is to provide informative, rich examples of the use of visuals to understand and promote college student development research, pedagogy, and practice.

With the increased accessibility of cameras, the ability to engage in image production has become widely available. Individuals, including college students, faculty, and administrators, narrate the social world in new ways using visuals. While on the one hand students are using images to mobilize around social issues on campus, on the other, institutionally produced visual artifacts send messages about institutional culture and values. In promoting visual literacy, this book offers new opportunities for student development administrators and faculty to utilize the visual sensory modality and image-based artifacts to promote student success and belonging which are critical outcomes of higher education.

The book is divided into three sections: research, pedagogy, and practice. The first makes the case for adding visual methods to the researcher’s toolbox, describing past uses and outlining a theoretical approach to visual methods and methodologies in higher education research. The pedagogical section demonstrates different and creative ways for educators to think about how subjects--such as social justice--might be taught and how educators can draw upon new, changing modalities in their existing pedagogies and frameworks; and it illustrates how visual-based pedagogies can prompt students to new understandings about the content of their course of study. The concluding section describes how student development professionals can also utilize visual methods to provide students with out-of-classroom learning opportunities and as a means to stimulate student reflection and identity development. It also explores how visual methods can serve a way for practitioners to reflect on their professional practice and use of theory in their work.

Intended for higher education educators, researchers, and practitioners who teach, research, and promote college student development and learning, this book could also be used in student affairs and higher education courses and professional development workshops.

Table of Contents:
Introduction—Bridget Turner Kelly and Carrie A. Kortegast

Section I. Visual Methods & Research
1) Methodological Foundations of Visual Methods in Research—J. Michael Denton, Carrie A. Kortegast, and Carrie Miller
2) Utilizing Photo Elicitation to Explore Belonging, Space, and the Campus Environment—Katherine Branch and Amanda Latz
3) Using Visual Research Methods to Unlock New Understandings of Student Success—David J. Nguyen
4) Social Media as a Tool to Explore Student Cultures—Chris Linder

Section II. Visual Methods and Pedagogy
5) Overview of the Use of Visual Methods in Pedagogy—Bridget Turner Kelly and Carrie A. Kortegast
6). Photovoice and Visual Life Writing: Infusing Participatory Research into Graduate Education—Amanda Latz
7) Pedagogical Strategies for Developing Visual Literacy through Social Justice—Kathryn S. Jaekel
8) Moving along the Continuum: From Isolated Learning Tasks to Full Integration of Visual Methods in Course Design—Paul Eaton
9) Digital Stories: A Critical Pedagogical Tool in Leadership Education—Natasha Chapman and James McShay

Section III. Visual Methods and Practice
10) Overview of the Use of Visual Methods in Practice—Carrie A. Kortegast and Bridget Turner Kelly
11) Imagery in Civic Reflection: A Catalyst for Transformative Learning—Liz McKee
12) Using Visual Methods to Explore Student Affairs Professionals’ Experiences—Jillian Martin
13) Utilizing creativity for radical self-care, resistance, and healing in postsecondary education—Heather C. Lou

Afterword: New Directions and Opportunities for Utilizing Visual Methods—Bridget Turner Kelly and Carrie A. Kortegast


Reviews & Endorsements:
"Filled with detailed, practical, and powerful examples of visual practices, the chapters of this book carefully and candidly guides readers through every aspect of what it means to work with visual content in college student development research, pedagogy, and practice. This book is a ‘must-read’ for anyone in student affairs who wants to develop a praxis that is attentive and responsive to the power of the visual in contemporary society.”
- Nana Osei-Kofi, Associate Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies & Director of the Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program , Oregon State University
“Editors Bridget Turner, Carrie Kortegast, and contributors document the multiple ways visual methods (e.g., photovoice, photo-elicitation, or critical media studies) enhance higher education research, pedagogy, and practice. The book contains specific examples of ways that educators can leverage the use of images to optimize student learning and encourage students’ critical engagement in and understanding of campus cultures.

An explicit goal of this book is to nudge higher education to broaden conventional notions of educational research (e.g., scientific inquiry), by embracing arts-based methods. Contributors offer compelling cases that arts-based methods can: make visible marginalized communities’ experiences that conventional research may overlook and cultivate students’ critical consciousness by revealing debilitating assumptions and practices in cultural and educational systems that are often hidden in plain view. The historical and theoretical overviews coupled with research and classroom exemplars reveal ways for students to decipher the increasingly visual world in which they live.”
- Peter Magolda, Professor Emeritus , Miami University