Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home

Adolescent Students' Conceptions of Different Environments Through Photographs

  • Rod Gerber (a1) and Tammy Kwan (a2)

Abstract

Photographs of familiar and unfamiliar environments are used extensively in studies about areas around the world. The study reported here describes a pilot investigation of how 27 Australian secondary school adolescent students understood and interpreted a familiar environment (represented by Australia) and unfamiliar environments (represented by Singapore and Hong Kong) through 18 coloured photographs. Few of these adolescent students had visited Singapore or Hong Kong, but most of them have travelled in their home country, Australia. They have viewed more of the Australian environment than the Asian environments through media such as television.

The results from this pilot study revealed considerable variation in their understanding of Australian as opposed to Asian environments. The familiar Australian environments were described in physical and human terms whereas the less familiar Asian environments were described in human and cultural terms. Qualitatively different conceptions were also derived from the adolescent students' interpretation of land use and environment from these photographs.

Copyright

References

Hide All
Barnes, T.J. and Duncan, J.S. (eds) 1992, Writing Worlds: Discourse, Text and Metaphor in the Representation of Landscape, Routledge, London.
Burgess, J. 1990, ‘The production and consumption of environmental meaning in the mass media: A research agenda for the 1990s’, Transactions, Institute of British Geographers, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 139161.
Dahlgren, L. and Fallsberg, M. 1991, ‘Phenomenography as a qualitative approach in social pharmacy research’, Journal of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 150155.
Eisenstadt, N. and Braun, D. 1985, What is a Family? Photographs and Activities about Families in Britain, Development Education Centre.
Gerber, R. 1989, ‘Teaching graphics in geography lessons . in Fien, J., Gerber, R. and Wilson, P. eds, The Geography Teachers' Guide to the Classroom, Macmillan, Melbourne, pp. 179195.
Gerber, R. and Kwan, T. 1994, ‘A phenomenographic approach to study of pre-adolescent students' uses of maps in a wayfinding exercise in a suburban environment’, Journal of Environmental Psychology, vol. 14, pp. 265280.
Golledge, R. 1992, ‘Place recognition and wayfinding making sense of space’, Geoforum, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 199214.
Harrison, M.E. 1995, ‘Images of the third world: Teaching a geography of the third world’, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 285297.
Hermann, D. and Chaffin, R. (eds) 1988, Memory in Historical Perspective: The Literature before Ebbinghaus, Springer-Verlag, New York.
Johansson, B., Marton, F. and Svensson, L. 1985, ‘An approach to describing learning as change between qualitatively different conceptions’, in Pines, A. and West, L. eds, Cognitive Structure and Conceptual Change, Academic Press., New York.
Kwan, T. 1996, ‘Understanding children's intuitive experience and their familiar environments in the teaching of maps’, in Gerber, R. and Lidstone, J. eds, Direction and Development in Geographical Education, Cambridge University Press, pp. 197224.
Marton, F. 1986, ‘Phenomenography – A research approach to investigating different understandings of reality’, Journal of Thought, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 2849.
Matthews, M.H. 1992, Making Sense of Place: Children's Understanding of Large-scale Environments, Harvester Wheatsheaf, Hemel Hempstead.
Miller, W.L. and Crabtree, B.F. 1994, Clinical Research. In Denzin, N.K. and Lincoln, Y.S. (eds) Handbook of Qualitative Research, pp. 340352, Sage Publications.
Robertson, M. 1994, Adolescent Students' Experience of Place: A Study of Thinking in Context, Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, University of Tasmania.
Said, E.W. 1993, Culture and Imperialism, Chatto and Windus, London.
Stokols, D. and Shumaker, S. 1981, ‘People in places: A transactional view of setting’, in Harvey, J. ed, Cognition, Social Behaviour and Environment, Erlbaum, Hillside, N.J., pp. 441488.
Walford, R. and Haggett, P. 1995, ‘Geography and geographical education’, Geography, vol. 80, no. 1, pp. 313.

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed