In My Voice, My Story, we are exploring what it means to be a non-traditional student at university through the participatory photographic and story technique, photovoice. This technique sees you become the researchers of your own lives through taking photos and telling your stories.
The photovoice method is a participatory approach used to inform policymakers, so that meaningful policy changes can be shaped the lived experiences of the communities the policies are intended to serve.
We focus on students from non-traditional backgrounds because we know how the lived experiences of these students are often marginalised by institutions and that this impacts upon their attainment and degree outcomes.
The photovoice technique creates a participatory and emancipatory research that sees students’ lives, research and policymaking learning and working together.
This research contributes to new, more participatory, ways of doing and thinking about widening participation which is a core tenet to BU’s Fair Access Research project.
Over the course of one month we will be working with our student co-researchers as they take photos and tell their own stories of what it is like becoming and being a student.
We invite you all to a workshop where we will listen to the students’ voices, learn from their stories, gain insights into different research methods and work together to develop practical responses to what we see and hear.
Monday 7th November 2016 10:00 -13:00 in the Fusion Building, F105
Attendees will gain insights into the power of arts-based social participatory research methods for eliciting deep stories and re-represented for social action. Having engaged with storytelling, participants will discuss ways in which the students’ lived experiences could shape policy changes and interventions to better enable students to belong.
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