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Digital Voices of Rural Teachers: Participatory Analysis, "Being a Teacher in the Age of AIDS" and Social Action through Cellphilms

This study asks the question: What difference can the participation of rural teachers make to deepening an understanding of youth sexuality and HIV&AIDS, and how can these meanings be translated into more nuanced understanding and treatments of critical cultural issues in community based programs and policy? The study explores:

  1. How mobile phones can be used to create cellphilms, movies created using mobile phones
  2. How teachers engage with this technology
  3. Provides evidence showing how teachers analyze and interpret their own data
  4. Ethical issues regarding studying sensitive, cultural, community issues
  5. Consider how participatory analysis can inform local and regional policy

This project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Research Team: Claudia Mitchell - Primary Investigator (McGill University), with Eun Park, Relebohile Moletsane (UKZN), and Naydene De Lange (NMMU); Rural teachers in KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape.

This research project is organized through the Participatory Cultures Lab (PCL). The PCL was established in 2010 by Claudia Mitchell, a James McGill Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in the Faculty of Education of McGill University, Montreal, Canada. The PCL brings Master’s and Doctoral students together around the study and use of visual tools as digital storytelling, photovoice, participatory video, participatory archiving, cellphilms, objects and things, collage, and other arts-based approaches in the process of collecting, analyzing, and working with research data. The PCL is located on the top floor of the Coach House at McGill University, 3715 Peel.

Claudia Mitchell, PhD
(514) 398-4527 Ext. 09990
Department of Integrated Studies in Education
3700 McTavish, Room 244
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2


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