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Photovoice is a research strategy that employs photographs to illustrate a social problem from the perspective of the research participants who experience it. On pages 49–50 of Molloy’s article, the author describes a Photovoice project, Rural Routes.
For this Discussion, imagine that you are a member of a research team asked to develop a set of questions to lead the small group of social work students in a discussion about the photographs they took representing their research ideas related to social change.
The discussion questions should align with empowerment theory. When developing your questions, ask yourself “What concepts from empowerment theory are the discussion questions tapping into?” For example, one question could be “What are some of the barriers that block this group from achieving their goals?” (In this case, the concept from empowerment theory is direct and indirect power blocks).
*Review the following article listed in the Learning Resources: Molloy, J. K. (2007). Photovoice as a tool for social justice workers. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 18(2), 39–55. doi:10.1300/J059v18n02_04
*Review the ontological, axiological, and methodological assumptions of critical theory from Week 3 and on pages 41–43 in Molloy’s article.
*Take a picture or find an image that represents your research idea and/or the social change goals you hope to achieve through your research.
**A photo or image that represents your research.
**Explain what this photo or image means to you.
**Explain how Photovoice aligns with critical theory’s ontological, axiological, and methodological assumptions.
**Analyze the underlying values of Photovoice and how it aligns with empowerment theory.
**Explain how research using photovoice can be used for social change.