Generating and deepening reflection whilst studying abroad

incorporating photo elicitation in transformative travel

Tonia Gray*, Greg Downey, Benjamin T. Jones, Son Truong, Timothy Hall, Anne Power

*Corresponding author for this work

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Most study abroad programmes conclude with debriefing activities emphasizing verbal and written reflection, with the visual image used merely as a supplementary aid. Photographs are used to promote programmes with little integration into tertiary pedagogical strategies. This chapter argues that photo elicitation can be an evocative tool within diverse experiential learning settings. Based on this premise, the visual image can trigger students’ introspection and personal growth when sojourning overseas. Photo elicitation has a twofold benefit. First, photos augment the scope of empirical research, and second, images intensify the reflective learning process. Results indicate that the visual image amplifies the transformative power of study abroad and concretizes deeper learning. Greater focus on visual literacy is recommended for future programmes as a qualitative data technique.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe globalisation of higher education
Subtitle of host publicationdeveloping internationalised education research and practice
EditorsTimothy Hall, Tonia Gray, Greg Downey, Michael Singh
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783319745794
ISBN (Print)9783319745787
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • photo-elicitation
  • reflective learning
  • Study abroad
  • tertiary education
  • Internationalisation

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