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Photography as a Reflective Tool in Science Education

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by Jorge Reyna, Educational Designer working with the Faculty of Science at Macquarie University

Photography is more than a creative process

Photography is an exploration of light, colour, shape, texture, space, etc.  Composing images allows us to visualise possibilities, implications, applications and consequences. It fosters creativity and gives us the opportunity to have a closer look at objects, which we might otherwise not notice. It can also give us the opportunity to think deeply, hypothese, construct, deconstruct and reformulate ideas. Photography as a research tool has been under-appreciated and marginally used in the field of education and even less so in adult education (Taylor, 2002).

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