Capstone/Dissertation Title

Reflecting on photography: a meaningful approach

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone examines the use of reflective practice with beginning and intermediate high school photography students to determine its effects on students' creation of meaningful imagery. This mixed-method research study reviews historic and contemporary thought about reflective practice, its impact on cognitive learning and its use in educational and art classroom settings. The use of reflective activity to explore individual self-expression through metaphoric, compositional and emotional content of photographic imagery provides students a deeper understanding of themselves in relation to the creative process. Seven effects identified were supported by checklist, survey and focus group results. A compilation of images and written work as data, this capstone presents a strong case for creating a more reflective, meaningful approach to helping students connect to and communicate through meaningful photographic work.

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