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The advantages of visual methods in exploring hidden subjectivities in post-compulsory education

Ingleby, Ewan, Currie, Gary and Williams, Ryan (2022) The advantages of visual methods in exploring hidden subjectivities in post-compulsory education. Research in Post-Compulsory Education. pp. 1-22. ISSN 1747-5112

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This article exemplifies the advantages that researchers have if they apply visual methods and in particular photo-elicitation to qualitative research. The research context is post-compulsory education with the field of study being a new vocational degree programme, and the theoretical content of the article draws on the work of Goffman, alongside theories of literacy as social practice. It is interesting that the policy documents that are framing new vocational degrees are texts written in particular ways and that in the UK these texts are informed by political and economic agendas. However, the texts that have given rise to new vocational degree programmes do not appear to necessarily align with the rich subjective practices which are occurring within this form of post-compulsory education. The research that is presented in this article from selected students and academics who are working on a particular vocational degree reveals profound interpretations of the purpose of new vocational degrees. The imaginative and creative images that are captured by the application of photo-elicitation to this study reveal a fascinating interplay between the policy texts and the subjective interpretations of the purpose of post-compulsory education.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: New vocational degrees; visual methods; photo elicitation; literacy as social practice
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Depositing User: Ryan Williams


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Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2023 09:58
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2023 02:38


Author: Ryan Williams ORCID iD
Author: Ewan Ingleby
Author: Gary Currie

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Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism > Sunderland Business School



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