Image Mediated Dialogue

Contributor: Sandra Sinfield @Danceswithcloud

Idea: Collect a range of ‘rich pictures’ – use to seed thinking and discussion – and to model qualitative research methods. In class: Choose one picture that for you represents [a successful educationalist] – write a description of your picture; write why for you it answers the questions, then discuss in pairs or small groups. Each person presents their picture and why it answers the question – others discuss. Plenary – key points that arose…

Practitioner comments: “It helps to unblock thinking – it scaffolds analytical and critical writing as you move from description to analysis of the picture. It unleashes thoughts – it promotes positive discussion – it models qualitative research…”

Credits: “Dave Griffiths introduced me to this idea as a way of getting people to think.”

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