Photovoice as a critical reflection methodology for a service learning module


The article examines the value of using photovoice to assist reflection in a service learning module. Students were required to complete a reflective assignment in order to facilitate critical reflection on experiences during their community-based projects. They had to identify a specific incident during the execution of their project which they experienced as a challenge. They had to take a photograph to depict the challenge and at the end of their project, complete a reflective questionnaire about the identified challenge. The concepts of photovoice as a methodology tool were used to determine the value of such a reflective assignment for students.

The study shows that identifying the challenge during the execution of their project enhanced the students’ creativity during the project and assisted reflection after completing the project. Furthermore, the photographic reminder of the incident they had identified as a challenge, helped the students to recall their experiences and resulted in a more meaningful reflection.

Keywords: service learning, photovoice, reflection

Author Biographies

M. Jordaan, University of Pretoria

Department of Informatics

Senior Lecturer


V. Pieterse, University of Pretoria

Department of Computer Science


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How to Cite
Jordaan, M., and V. Pieterse. 2020. “Photovoice As a Critical Reflection Methodology for a Service Learning Module”. South African Journal of Higher Education 34 (3), 128-45.
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