New Designs for Participatory Research: Modified Photoethnography and the Personal Resource Systems Management (PRSM) Model

Beacham, C.,
McFall, B.
Journal Article
Year Published: 2009
National Association of Extension 4-H Agents
Journal of Youth Development, Bridging Research and Practice, 4(2); 112-127: Summer 2009; Article 090402RS002
West Virginia University

Learning environments significantly influence student behaviors, academic success, school attendance, and participation, say these authors. Yet many classrooms, including Family and Consumers Sciences (F & CS) classrooms, seem to have evolved with limited understanding of the effect of rich and complex environments on student attitudes and behaviors. To explore how F & CS classrooms might be redesigned to help build learner assets and enhance student engagement, the authors evaluated middle and high school students' perceptions of the ideal student-centered learning environment through photographic representations. They also conducted interviews to explore the meaning behind each photo. Results were analyzed using the Personal Resource Systems Model (PRSM). The findings indicate existing physical and emotional needs, not addressed by No Child Left Behind, which might be met by improving the material and social classroom environment.

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