In 2003 and 2004 a study was undertaken to look at the way photography is taught within Victorian Secondary schools.
The aim of the research was to understand how photography is taught today within certain curricula, how digital photography is affecting the teaching method and environment and to gauge what photography teachers and students think about photography within the secondary school curricula and what they would like to see happen with it in the future.
The research contacted over 200 schools, with 70 photography teachers and over 800 photography students taking part in the research.
The research found some interesting results, some of these are:
And many, many more…
The results have been compiled into the report ‘A Review of Photography Education Within Victorian Secondary Schools’, and the researcher, Jen Brown, with the help of PICA, have made it available for all to download.
Jen has a bachelor degree in Applied Science Photography from RMIT and completed this report for her honours degree. She is currently studying a Bachelor in Primary and Secondary Education at Deakin University, and will complete this post graduate degree in 2006. She hopes to become a photography teacher (who would have thought!).
She hopes that this report can help other teachers to increase their photographic perception and knowledge, open new doors to different photographic skills, ideas and resources and to help promote photography as a worthy and successful subject to be taught in schools.
Jen would enjoy talking to anyone in regards to this report, and would also like to be involved with anyone who wishes to implement any of the recommendations mentioned in, or resulting from this report.
She can be contacted at email@example.com