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How photography as field notes helps in understanding the building the education revolution

Loughlin, Jill 2013, How photography as field notes helps in understanding the building the education revolution, The Australian Educational Researcher, vol. 40, no. 5, pp. 535-548, doi: 10.1007/s13384-013-0112-1.

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Title How photography as field notes helps in understanding the building the education revolution
Author(s) Loughlin, JillORCID iD for Loughlin, Jill
Journal name The Australian Educational Researcher
Volume number 40
Issue number 5
Start page 535
End page 548
Total pages 14
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publication date 2013-12
ISSN 0311-6999
Keyword(s) Visual ethnography
Student voice
Educational tourism
Learning spaces
Notes This paper is the outcome of research conducted between June 2010 and January 2011 as part of understanding the building the education revolution (BER) a major policy initiative of the Australian Federal Government which commenced when Julia Gillard, now PM, was the Federal Minister of Education. The BER policy initiative was part of an economic stimulus package delivered in response to the global economic crisis. It saw funding distributed through State governments to schools to develop new learning spaces and facilities. In the Victorian context the timing of the BER came after years of research and development in learning space design and policy under the Victorian Schools Plan and the Building Schools for the Future policies. It outlines both the scope of the research projects undertaken by Deakin University’s Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria and the approach to using visual methodologies within these projects. The notion of the research as educational tourist is introduced in a discussion of using photographs as ethnographic field notes. As is often the case in such projects, timelines for research and delivery of research products is not always ideal for first wave rigorous analysis intended in the initial research proposals. In light of this the research team had generated, through researcher and participant photography, more data than could be reasonably dealt with. This paper explains the process and usefulness of photography as field notes to expedite research conversations and analysis in the writing of the case studies and construction of the portal. The construct of researchers as educational tourists is also theorised as a way of understanding how images mediate the ethnographically-informed research experience.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s13384-013-0112-1
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2013
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