Inclusive Education



An Interactive Partnership between KSU & Osborne High School

Girl in swim suitThe Photovoice curriculum project, completed in partnership between Osborne High School and Kennesaw State University, put cameras in the hands of 26 high school students in order to think critically about issues of representation and to tell family and community stories within current cultural, political, and institutional contexts. Utilizing an asset-based approach to community engagement, the students talked back to the deficit ideologies that often frame their communities. This culminated in an interactive exhibit of student photography, video documentaries, and writing on May 1st at KSU and May 8th at OHS entitled “Osborne High School Talks Back: An Interactive Photovoice Exhibit.”

Hands with USA flag painted on themAccording to Dr. Nichole Guillory and Dr. Amanda Richey, the original plan was to teach a four to six session photography unit that would be a fun departure for students from their regular English class activities.  “Mrs. Sherrye Tillman challenged us to do more,” said Dr. Richey. “She asked that we bring the college classroom to her students.  And so we did. We created curriculum and planned standards-based lessons — sometimes into the wee hours of the night — around a central theme, Perceived vs. Lived Identities of Self, of Community, of Culture.  During each of our lessons, we asked students to read and analyze theory, texts, and images, and we asked them to use photography to think critically about issues of representation in order to tell family and community stories.”

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