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Photovoice project assessing lived experience at local Pittsburgh School

Hosman, Emma (2017) Photovoice project assessing lived experience at local Pittsburgh School. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Background: In the fall of 2017, approximately 50.7 million students attended public elementary and secondary schools. School-aged children are more vulnerable to contaminants and toxins because their organs are developing during the years they attend school and children breathe in more air per pound of body weight compared to adults. However, there is a relative lack of information on how children perceive the environments in which they attend school. Purpose: To utilize a community-based research method to assess the needs and strengths of a local, private Christian school, within the context of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model. Methods: Using the photovoice method, 3rd and 7th graders were asked to answer, “What is it like to go to school at Pittsburgh Urban Christian School (PUCS)?” Twenty-four students took photos of the school environment to answer this question. Students discussed the photos and decided on themes. Results: Themes of creativity, community, learning, accomplishments, and exploration were discussed in their photographs. Conclusions: While some physical environment issues were mentioned, the social, emotional, and learning climate was more important to the student’s perceptions of their experiences at school. The public health significance of this work is that photovoice can be an effective method to investigate student experiences of the school environment broadly including the physical, social, and emotional environment.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hosman, Emmaerh85@pitt.eduerh85
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFelter, Elizabethemfelter@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMiller, Elizabethelizabeth.miller@chp.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 15 December 2017
Date Type: Submission
Submission Date: 27 November 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 74
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Photovoice, school, public health, healthy schools,
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2018 21:22
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2018 21:22


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