Proposal Title

Photo voice as a Pedagogical and Authentic Assessment tool: Insights from teaching International Social Work at Thompson Rivers University

Presentation Type

Regular Presentation

Location

OM 3612

Start Date

18-2-2020 11:10 AM

End Date

18-2-2020 11:50 AM

Proposal Abstract

Application of Arts-based approaches to social work education is gaining prominence as social workers and their service users are both influenced by the visual cultures. Bala Nikku and Terryl Atkins explored use of Photo Voice as a pedagogical and authentic assessment tool in the International Social Work Course (SOCW4800) taught by Nikku during the fall semester of 2019. Photo Voice provides a, qualitative method with participatory features that is built on the theoretical foundations of reflexivity, awareness and critical consciousness. In this presentation, we explore and share insights from a classroom project in which seventeen social work students chose diverse international social work issues and presented their results using Photo Voice as part of their learning assessments. Atkins gave a brief orientation on the use of visuals and how to choose and read visuals during the fifth week of the semester. Students were provided with reading materials on the diverse uses of Photo Voice as well as a rubric and assessment guide as part of the preparation to use Photo Voice as a tool to analyze international social work issues. During week twelve students presented their work to their peers and faculty provided comments. We reason that providing learning opportunities for self-awareness and self-reflection of personal and professional values in the social work classroom is crucial in the socialization of social work students to the profession. We conclude that the use of Photo Voice as a pedagogical tool provided faculty with an authentic assessment strategy and enriched over-all learning outcomes of the course. Incorporating visual tools in the classroom has the potential for offering new ways of conceptualizing international social work issues simply not possible through linear language and sage on the stage teaching models.

Statement

In this presentation we share our experiences of using Photo Voice as a tool. We do hope that this tool can be used in scholarly teaching practices and approaches that foster effective learning.

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Photo voice as a Pedagogical and Authentic Assessment tool: Insights from teaching International Social Work at Thompson Rivers University

OM 3612

Application of Arts-based approaches to social work education is gaining prominence as social workers and their service users are both influenced by the visual cultures. Bala Nikku and Terryl Atkins explored use of Photo Voice as a pedagogical and authentic assessment tool in the International Social Work Course (SOCW4800) taught by Nikku during the fall semester of 2019. Photo Voice provides a, qualitative method with participatory features that is built on the theoretical foundations of reflexivity, awareness and critical consciousness. In this presentation, we explore and share insights from a classroom project in which seventeen social work students chose diverse international social work issues and presented their results using Photo Voice as part of their learning assessments. Atkins gave a brief orientation on the use of visuals and how to choose and read visuals during the fifth week of the semester. Students were provided with reading materials on the diverse uses of Photo Voice as well as a rubric and assessment guide as part of the preparation to use Photo Voice as a tool to analyze international social work issues. During week twelve students presented their work to their peers and faculty provided comments. We reason that providing learning opportunities for self-awareness and self-reflection of personal and professional values in the social work classroom is crucial in the socialization of social work students to the profession. We conclude that the use of Photo Voice as a pedagogical tool provided faculty with an authentic assessment strategy and enriched over-all learning outcomes of the course. Incorporating visual tools in the classroom has the potential for offering new ways of conceptualizing international social work issues simply not possible through linear language and sage on the stage teaching models.