12: Using Photos to Inform your Practice

Monica Thomas Billen (2015) , a PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee has just completed her dissertation on teacher self-assessments. She proposes using Instagram to compile a photo journal for reflective practice. Using smart phones, teachers took photos during their day and then provided reflection on the themes that emerged. The result was a yearlong journalistic account of teacher experience reflected in simple photos.

Download her entire dissertation here.


Billen, Monica Thomas, “#Learningtoteach: Using Instagram to Elicit Pre-service Teacher Reflection. ” PhD diss., University of Tennessee, 2015.

Photo credit: jaqian via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA


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