Teaching Youth to Critically Read and Create Media- Second Edition
Chapter 6. Photography as Pedagogy with Praxis
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PHOTOGRAPHY AS PEDAGOGY WITH PRAXIS
Digital photography provided young children with the opportunity to present their views “about things that matter” in a medium taken seriously by adults and older children, as demonstrated by positive responses from older students at the school and the enthusiastic comments from the Kindergarten parents about the “professional” look of the children’s photographs. (Schiller & Tillett, 2004)
Today, the camera is more than ever a powerful pedagogical tool because of its ubiquity in society, low price, ease of use, and democratic potential. What had for years been too expensive or difficult to utilize in the classroom is now an invaluable teaching aid that educators should integrate throughout their curricula and encourage students to analyze and use. Photographs have become so pervasive these days that neither adults nor children are accustomed to questioning the construction or bias of the pictures that surround them. When using a critical media literacy framework, photography can also support democratic pedagogy by providing teachers and students with a tool they can use to co-construct knowledge and create alternative representations of their world.
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