'It just opened my eyes a bit more': student engagement with Instagram to develop understanding of complex concepts

Sakr, Mona ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3057-2758 (2019) 'It just opened my eyes a bit more': student engagement with Instagram to develop understanding of complex concepts. Teaching in Higher Education . ISSN 1356-2517 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1080/13562517.2019.1613356)

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How can we make use of image-based social media to develop students’ critical engagement with concepts like equality and diversity? In this paper, I draw on bell hooks’ description of liberatory theorising to discuss findings from a project that involved 60 2nd year BA education students taking and sharing photographs through Instagram as part of their learning on a sociology module underpinned by a critical pedagogy approach. Thematic analysis applied to ten interviews with student participants shows that while the project supported students to connect everyday experiences with abstract concepts, their criticality was hindered by the perception of the task as one of ‘capturing’ unambiguous representations of concepts. The findings highlight that if we are to use popular image-based social media sites as part of a critical pedagogy approach, we need to be prepared to support students in using the visual mode as part of liberatory theorising.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Centre for Education Research and Scholarship (CERS)
Item ID: 28378
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Teaching in Higher Education on 07/05/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13562517.2019.1613356.
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Depositing User: Mona Sakr
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2019 22:35
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2019 15:59
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/28378

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