Beyond the Risk Discourse: Photovoice as Critical-Pedagogical Tool of Sexuality Education for Adolescents

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2022)
Title: Beyond the Risk Discourse: Photovoice as Critical-Pedagogical Tool of Sexuality Education for Adolescents
Stream: Nurturing Creativity & Innovation: New, Innovative & Radical Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Menny Malka, Sapir Academic College, Israel
Sivan Lotan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem & Safe School Analytics, Israel


Framing photovoice as a pedagogical-critical tool, current case study explores the use of the methodology by a group of adolescents, as a part of their training program as campaigners for a non-governmental organization promoting healthy sexuality: The Open Door for Healthy Sexuality". Thus, the aim of the study was to examine the learning processes, focusing on the socialization of ideas and principles of critical thinking and the development of a critical point of view.

The case study was based on a community-based participatory research in which the photovoice was implemented among 15 adolescents, ages 16-18, who participated in the Ambassadors Group Intervention Program. The study took place in the city of Beersheba in Israel, between the years 2017-2019.

An analysis of the learning processes identifies four themes: 1) Beyond the risk discourse; 2) The right to self-subjective recognition; 3) Challenging gender constructions; and 4) Human rights and healthy communication.

Conclusions and implications
Photovoice has contributed in six areas of learning: 1) The interrelationship between creativity, critical perspective, and active learning; 2) Frozen pedagogical moments; 3) Creating a safe place for learning and exploration; 4) Ecological perspective; 5) Inter-relationship between lived-experience and theoretical knowledge; 6) Activism and social change. Thus, it is advisable to apply the photovoice among other frameworks, to enable complex and in-depth discourse and learning that are beyond the risky and preventive aspects of sexuality education.

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