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Nostalgia, transition and the school: an innovative approach of using photographic images as a visual method in educational research

Shohel, M. Mahruf C. (2012). Nostalgia, transition and the school: an innovative approach of using photographic images as a visual method in educational research. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 35(3) 269)-292.

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In the context of the study reported in this paper, of transition from nonformal primary schools to formal secondary schools in Bangladesh, the difficulties of smooth school transition relate not only to the making of new relationships and adaptation to new norms in a new environment, but to a very different approach to educating disadvantaged people. The role of images is explored as part of a research process in which formal secondary school students made connections with their past experiences in nonformal primary schools. Interviews with photographic images in this context represent an innovative approach to learning about students’ experiences, fitting with Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory. This theoretical framework focuses attention on the significance of the context at several levels of ecological systems to children’s development. Images of their nonformal primary school represent an opportunity for nostalgia for new secondary school students, evoking strong feelings which illuminate the many dimensions of transitional challenges.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1743-7288
Keywords: nostalgia; school transition; image; photo-elicitation interview; visual method; nonformal primary school; formal secondary school; Bangladesh
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 33568
Depositing User: Muhammad Shohel
Date Deposited: 03 May 2012 09:37
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2018 17:55
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