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Using Photovoice for Continuous Improvement and Innovative Pedagogical Interventions for the STEM Classroom

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posted on 2024-04-22, 20:22 authored by Bhavana KotlaBhavana Kotla

In recent years, employers and business leaders have increasingly discussed the topic of college graduate job readiness. A recent survey found that approximately 60% of employers expressed concerns about college graduates' preparedness for today's workforce and cited issues with work ethic, professionalism, communication skills, and technological skills, particularly among Generation Z graduates (Behbahani, 2023; Daniels, 2023; Heubeck, 2023; Intelligent, 2023; Kelly, 2024). With the rise of generative AI technologies, hiring practices are shifting towards skill-based hiring rather than degree-based hiring. As a result, many college graduates are left wondering whether they are adequately prepared for the constantly evolving workforce (Cengage Group, 2023; Flaherty, 2024; Mowreader, 2023; Nietzel, 2023). With workplace and educational technology constantly changing, higher education institutions and educators should consider providing more support and guidance to better prepare students for working with technology and in fast-paced environments. That being said, innovative approaches should be considered for reforming existing college degree programs and developing new programs. One such approach that can be used for continuous improvement, program assessment, and as a pedagogical intervention in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) classrooms is the participatory action research method, photovoice.

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Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy

Department

  • Technology Leadership and Innovation

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Lisa Bosman

Additional Committee Member 2

Alejandra Magana Deleon

Additional Committee Member 3

Siddika Selcen Guzey

Additional Committee Member 4

Kelli Chelberg

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