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

Foreword by Peter M. Magolda
Paper: 978 1 62036 589 2 / $29.95
Published: December 2017  

Cloth: 978 1 62036 588 5 / $125.00
Published: January 2018  

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Published: December 2017  

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Publisher: Stylus Publishing
260 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. Individual--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

Part One: Visual Methods & Research
1) Overview of the Use of Visual Methods in Research—J. Michael Denton, Carrie A. Kortegast, and Carrie Miller
2) Utilizing Photo Elicitation to Explore Belonging and Space in the Campus Environments—Katherine Branch and Amanda O. 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

Part Two: Visual Methods and Pedagogy
5) Overview of the Use of Visual Methods in Pedagogy—Bridget Turner Kelly and Ester U. Sihite
6). Photovoice and Visual Life Writing: Infusing Participatory Research into Graduate Education—Amanda O. Latz and Keri L. Rodgers
7) Pedagogical Strategies for Developing Visual Literacy Through Social Justice—Kathryn S. Jaekel
8) Enhancing Learning Processes Through Technologically Mediated Digital Visualization—Paul Eaton
9) Digital Stories: A Critical Pedagogical Tool in Leadership Education—Natasha H. Chapman and James McShay

Part Three: Visual Methods and Practice
10) Overview of the Use of Visual Methods in Practice—Carrie A. Kortegast
11) Imagery in Civic Reflection: A Catalyst for Transformative Learning—Elizabeth A.M. McKee
12) Using Visual Methods to Explore Student Affairs Professionals’ Experiences—Jillian A. Martin
13) Art Resists. Art Heals. Art Is Resilience: Utilizing Creativity in Postsecondary Education—Heather C. Lou
14) Implications and Future Directions for Visual Methods in Research, Pedagogy, and Practice—Bridget Turner Kelly and Carrie A. Kortegast

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Reviews & Endorsements:
"Engaging Images is an all-in-one resource for the innovative use of visual methods to study, teach, and practice student development in higher education. It introduces new approaches and revives or repurposes others, providing the field with theory behind the use of visual methods as well as concrete examples of how to use them in a time when digitization both enables and challenges scholars and educators to interact with the world in new ways."
- Kristen A. Renn, Ph.D., Professor of Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for Student Success Research , Michigan State University
"If you are interested in liberating untapped teaching and learning possibilities and you want to enhance analytical skills, cultivate reflection, improve visual literacy, enrich student learning and foster a greater sense of belonging, then you must read this book and share it with your colleagues. Kelly and Kortegast courageously help us understand that we undoubtedly live in a more visual world and that higher education needs to reflect this reality in research, pedagogy and practice."
- Patricia A. Perillo, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs , Virginia Tech