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"So far back, I'm anonymous": Exploring Student Identity using Photovoice

  This Research Full paper presents empirical work focused on the transition experiences of transfer students into computing degrees in Scotland and seeks to understand the complex formation of identity from the student perspective. Drawing on [3]'s work around the traditional concepts of identity, this paper examines the notion of student identity in a transitional context. How students identify in the STEM subject area may impact upon their achievement and provides long-term benefits right through to their graduate career [24]. The concepts of transition and identity are explored in an innovative way using graphical research methods which include students as agents for change. The participatory methodology photovoice (PV) adopted saw participants use cameras to generate data, thereby directly involving the participants in the research process. The photographs are then used to support critical reflection amongst the participants and provide the researcher with 'direct entry into their point of view' [2]. This paper examines the transfer students' journey during transition, exploring their expression of identity through participatory methods using cameras to capture impressions and feelings. Initial findings are shared, including advice on using participatory methods to examine the student voice and experience.

  • Date:

    07 March 2019

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  • Library of Congress:

    LB2300 Higher Education

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    378 Higher education

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Meharg, D., Cairncross, S., & Varey, A. (2019). "So far back, I'm anonymous": Exploring Student Identity using Photovoice. In 2018 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE).



transition,; identity,; photovoice,; widening; participation, university, student

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