Student researchers in the middle : using visual images to make sense of inclusive education

Moss, Julianne, Deppeler, Joanne, Astley, Lesley and Pattison, Kevin 2007, Student researchers in the middle : using visual images to make sense of inclusive education, Journal of research in special educational needs, vol. 7, no. 1, International images of inclusion, pp. 46-54.

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Title Student researchers in the middle : using visual images to make sense of inclusive education
Author(s) Moss, Julianne
Deppeler, Joanne
Astley, Lesley
Pattison, Kevin
Journal name Journal of research in special educational needs
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Season International images of inclusion
Start page 46
End page 54
Publisher Blackwell
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2007-03
ISSN 1471-3802
Keyword(s) visual narrative
inclusive education
student voice
Summary Using ‘visual narrative’ theoretically and practically, this paper explores issues of inclusive education, during a period of curriculum reform and renewal in Australia. In Australia, the middle years of schooling, Years 5 to 9, are well researched and known as a period when students disengage with learning and participation in schooling. Research in the middle years affirms the importance of engaging with ‘student voice’. In this special edition, we are aiming to highlight how the use of visual imagery can be a rich source of understanding, illustrating students’ self-knowledge of schooling. Methodologically we refer to our research approach as ‘visual narrative’. Other writers in this edition use the term ‘photo voice’. For researchers it is important to highlight the differing orientations that ‘visual narrative’ and ‘photo voice’ signify. The terms are not mutually exclusive but highlight differing research possibilities and emphasis. Our argument, through the use of visual narrative produced by middle years’ students, is that visual texts open out some innovative possibilities for understanding inclusive education and supporting new relationships with our research community. Such approaches are not new; however, in a field such as special education that purports to support marginalised groups, liberatory research methods are under-represented. This paper aims to open out these discussions and provide a way forwards for teachers and researchers interested in breaking apart why it is that inclusive education remains a never-ending struggle.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034103

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