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Instagram photography and the geography field course: snapshots from Berlin

Davies, Thom; Lorne, Colin; Sealey-Huggins, Leon


Colin Lorne

Leon Sealey-Huggins


Although geography has long associated itself with photography, the rapid advancement of technology has created a clear divide between the visual practices regularly used in wider society and the way photography is utilized by critical geographers in their teaching. We suggest the door is ajar for new modes of (geo)photographic thinking, and one visual tool at our disposal is social media applications that allow images to be instantly shared, analysed, and discussed. This article critically reflects on the use of Instagram to enhance student participation, engagement, and learning on a geography field course in Berlin. Based on interviews with students, their field journals, and our own critical reflections, this paper looks at some advantages of using Instagram in teaching geography, but also promotes caution and presents drawbacks to relying on instant visual digital methods.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 27, 2019
Journal Journal of Geography in Higher Education
Print ISSN 0309-8265
Electronic ISSN 1466-1845
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 3
Pages 363-383
APA6 Citation Davies, T., Lorne, C., & Sealey-Huggins, L. (2019). Instagram photography and the geography field course: snapshots from Berlin. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 43(3), 363-383.
Keywords Geography, Planning and Development; Education
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of geography in Higher Education on 27/04/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline..../03098265.2019.1608428.


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