Educational Research Methods: Drawings and Photographs

Educational Research Methods: Drawings and Photographs


Read Wang, C., & Burris, M. A. (1997). Photovoice: Concept, methodology, and use for participatory needs assessment. Health Education & Behavior24(3), 369-387.

Read Guillemin, M. (2004). Understanding illness: Using drawings as a research method. Qualitative Health Research14(2), 272-289.

Research Examples

Read Zenkov, K., & Harmon, J. (2009). Picturing a writing process: Photovoice and teaching writing to urban youth. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy52(7), 575-584.

Read Harkness, S. S., & Stallworth, J. (2013). Photovoice: Understanding high school females’ conceptions of mathematics and learning mathematics. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 84(3), 329-347.

Read Bowker, R. (2007). Children’s perceptions and learning about tropical rainforests: An analysis of their drawings. Environmental Education Research, 13(1), 75-96.

Read Cronin-Jones, L. L. (2005). Using drawings to assess student perceptions of schoolyard habitats: A case study of reform-based research in the United States. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education10(1), 225-240.

Step 2 Assessment

Collecting Data: Drawings or Photographs

Link to Dropbox Collecting Data: Drawings or Photographs

This week you will collect visual data to help you address your classroom/school problem. This will most likely stretch your imagination. You can decide which data collection method you would like to explore this week–drawings or photographs. You should use the readings to help you decide how to collect the data.

Collect data using drawings OR photography as your data collection tool. Remember that you must ask the participant to tell you about the drawings/photographs. Submitting the drawings/photographs without the participant feedback is not enough.

Paragraph 1

1. Identify your data collection technique. Explain which data collection tool you chose and why you think this data collection tool will provide you with the information related to your problem. You should include your prompt. A prompt is what you say to participants so they know the topic of which they are to draw or take photos. (Example: Draw what you think is inside the human body.) Remember to ask participants to write about their drawings/photographs.(1 point)

Paragraph 2

1. Describe the participants. You need 2 participants. Tell about the school, students (in classroom/school), school district. (3 point)

2. Include a scan of the drawings or jpegs of photos. You can ask participants to use their cell phone for the photos or you can give them a camera. That is up to you. You can also put all the photos in a Word file. If you decide to do photos, five photos from each person will be enough. NOTE: Please ask your participants not to take photos of faces from the front. (2 points)

Paragraph 3


1. Think about how the researchers in the articles you read analyze their data. Look at the data and write about what the data tells you. I am not giving you parameters for this. Think about what the data tells you. Do both participants have the same ideas about your topic? Are participants’ ideas completely different? What do they say? Of what do they take photos or draw? What did you learn that relates to your classroom/school problem? (4 points)

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