1st Edition

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

Edited By Bridget Turner Kelly, Carrie A. Kortegast Copyright 2018
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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 About the Editors and Contributors Index


    Carrie A. Kortegast is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Northern Illinois University. Her research broadly focuses on how postsecondary environments mediates student learning and development and the use of visual methods in research and pedagogy. She has authored publications on social learning during short-term study abroad, the experience of LGBTQ students and student affairs administrators, and using digital storytelling in pedagogy. She has presented on visual methods in research and pedagogy at the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the ACPA: American College Educators International, and NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. She serves on the editorial review board for Journal of College Student Development. In her teaching pedagogy, she utilizes visual methods such as digital storytelling, reflective collages, drawings, and art audits to enhance student learning. Prior to teaching, Dr. Kortegast served as a student affairs administrator for nine years.

    Peter M. Magolda was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University. He focused his scholarship on ethnographic studies of college students, critical issues in qualitative research, and program evaluation. He is author of The Lives of Campus Custodians and co-author of Contested Issues in Student Affairs, Contested Issues in Troubled Times, and It’s All About Jesus!: Faith as an Oppositional Collegiate Subculture, and has served on the editorial boards of Research in Higher Education and the Journal of Educational Research. He was an ACPA Senior Scholar inductee, and in 2013 received the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Mentoring Award. He also received Miami University’s Richard Delp Outstanding Faculty Member award, as well Alumni Award from The Ohio State University and Indiana University. We deeply mourn the loss of author, teacher, and friend Peter M. Magolda.

    "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

    "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

    “The scant set of examples using visual methods in higher education research makes this book a valuable resource. Grounded in research, pedagogy, and practice, this text provides a roadmap for both researchers and practitioners who incorporate images into their work. A refreshing read.”

    Brian L. McGowan, assistant professor of higher education

    University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    "Contemporary college life is awash in visual images resulting from the spread of smart phone cameras and the increasing ubiquity of digital media. Engaging Images explores the emerging use of visual resources in higher education. Combining a state-of-the-art overview with compelling examples of research and practice, the edited volume is a unique and valuable compendium for anyone interested in capitalizing on the potential of visual images in higher education research, pedagogy, and student affairs."

    Karen Arnold

    Boston College