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American Evaluation Association Presentation at annual conference in November 2009 by Rebecca White and Diane Sasser.

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Photolanguage australia toronto pres.

  1. 1. Images as Catalysts of Expression: A Demonstration of PhotolanguagePresented by:Rebecca White, Ph.D. and Diane Sasser, Ph.D.Associate Professor sLouisiana State UniversitySchool of Human EcologyLouisiana State University Agricultural Centerbwhite@agcenter.lsu.edu and dsasser@agcenter.lsu.edu
  2. 2. Photolanguage: What is it?• Enhancing communication through photographs
  3. 3. Photolanguage• Photographs are symbolic and speak to the viewer
  4. 4. Introduction• Each participant is invited to look at photographs with the perspective spontaneously, affectively, subjectively, and then reacting to them.• The point is to be moved inwardly by the images.
  5. 5. Origins of Photolanguage• Pierre Babin, Claire Belisle and Alain Baptiste• Paolo Freire• Carl Rogers
  6. 6. Photolanguage Origins (cont.)• First published in 1968• Purpose - discover a language relevant to visually oriented youth of media age.• Photolanguage series produced for countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America, Australia
  7. 7. Photolanguage in Australia • Pierre Babin • Jan Cooney • Claire Belisle
  8. 8. Photolanguage Australia• Catholic Communications Centre and the Catholic Education Office• Special project for the International Year of Peace
  9. 9. Photolanguage• Photographs involved the application of cultural, sociological, psychological, spiritual, and photographic criteria.• Collection included 130 photos
  10. 10. Using Photolanguage– Spiritual Development– Special Education– Personal Development Programs– Educational Program Evaluation
  11. 11. Using Photolanguage• Youth programs• Staff Development• Student Groups• Values Clarification
  12. 12. The Photolanguage Process• Two personal components – the creativity of the photographer – the projections of the viewer
  13. 13. The Photolanguage Process Requires:1. Evocative photos2. Small groups3. Environment4. Sufficient time5. An experienced facilitator6. Consideration of purpose
  14. 14. Evocative Photos• Photos speak to us at different levels of meaning.• These are the images which speak the language of symbol.
  15. 15. Small Groups• Designed for use in small groups of people• Voluntary participation
  16. 16. Environment• Comfortable• Relaxed• Isolated• Adequate space
  17. 17. Sufficient Time• Adequate time is essential – For introduction of task – Personal choice of photos – Group exchange
  18. 18. An Experienced Facilitator• Experience in group dynamics• Understanding of Photolanguage process• Facilitator sensitivity
  19. 19. An Experienced Facilitator• Unobtrusive• Non-manipulative• Sensitive to the needs of individuals in the group.• Listening
  20. 20. Photolanguage Method- Study a theme- Opportunity for personal expression- Stimulate discussion- Determine outcomes and impacts- Compile results of an experience- Evaluate a program
  21. 21. The Method1) Photo Arrangement2) Groups Assembly and Focus Questions3) Choice of photos4) Exchange of Reflections in Group
  22. 22. Photo ArrangementStep 1. Arrange photosStep 2. Present focus questionsStep 3. Participants choose photosStep 4. Group reflection
  23. 23. Group Assembly and Focus Question • Assemble the group • Reflect on a focus question • Familiarize members with language of pictures
  24. 24. Choice of Photos• Participants view photos• Participants select photos and return to place
  25. 25. Exchange of Reflections in Group• Members are invited to share the significance of their photo (s)• Facilitator acknowledges personal contribution by smile, nod or ‘thank you”• Other considerations for evaluators
  26. 26. Evaluator Protocol• Group member introduction• Evaluation introduces program evaluation question• Summation
  27. 27. A Practical Experience
  28. 28. • Select a photo that would best help you express how you would feel if you had been through one of the hurricanes that have hit the southern coastal states this year.
  29. 29. How to Order Photolanguage• http://peoplemaking.com.au/ – Click on card sets• Photolanguage 135 photos $59.95 The contact person that we corresponded with is Rosemary Allen and she can be reached at this email address: books@peoplemaking.com.au
  30. 30. Summary• Photographs symbolic and speak to viewer• Photographs involve the application of cultural, sociological, psychological, spiritual, and photographic criteria• May be used in variety of group settings• Follows structured method• Focused questions
  31. 31. Images as Catalysts of Expression: A Demonstration of PhotolanguagePresented by:Rebecca White, Ph.D. and Diane Sasser, Ph.D.Associate Professor sLouisiana State UniversitySchool of Human EcologyLouisiana State University Agricultural Centerbwhite@agcenter.lsu.edu and dsasser@agcenter.lsu.edu

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