This paper discusses how photo-elicitation was used as a means to enhance individual as well as collective meaning-making in a course about spirituality and work. A detailed explanation will clarify how to use black-and-white photography for a more “sensually complete” teaching repertoire and means for students to express their experiences related to workplace spirituality, spiritual wellness, spiritual distress, and related concepts. Imagetexts, photovoice, and photo-elicitation are particularly helpful in management education especially given the limitations of language when grappling with how to articulate aesthetics, emotions and in this case the spiritual dimension of life at work. An approach that engages students in dialogue via photographs fosters greater understanding of content as well as prompts ongoing critical reflection. Photoelicitation uses multivocality to raise individual/collective student consciousness onto a plane of reflexivity. Transferability of this photo-elicitation activity to other management education courses for enhanced teaching/learning is highly possible.
|Keywords:||Spirituality, Photography, Photoelicitation, Photovoice, Imagetext, Dialogue, Management Education|
Chair of International Business Administration Department, International College, I-Shou University, Dashu District, Taiwan