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From Students to Students: Using Photovoice to Assess Students' Strengths and Needs at the American University in Cairo

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Due to the impact of the Egyptian pound floatation on the operation of the American University in Cairo (AUC), students have been on a strike. Accordingly, community psychology students felt the need to conduct a needs assessment of the students and workers; and an assets assessment of the university and the community. Correspondingly, based on what they have learned during the semester, they decided to work on enhancing the sense of community, in addition to engaging community members in the process. Thus, conduct a photovoice; a participatory action research (PAR), which aims to give the voice to the participants to tell their story from their perspective. It is an innovative research methodology; which gives the participants a chance to actively aid in collecting the data. Participants in this study will be asked to answer certain questions through photos from their surrounding and later get a chance to tell the story of the picture.
The PAR is designed to target three groups at AUC; namely, foreign students, Egyptian students, workers and staff. Students will be divided into groups; who will be in charge or others in the community. Their task is to explain the process to them and get them to participate in collecting the data, based on their consent. The main purpose is to collect data about how they perceive AUC, what are its strengths and what are the ideal component of AUC, what are their individual needs, what are stigmas and stereotypes that challenge them, and how can things be changed to the better. Accordingly, students can collect action oriented data, that would lead to recommendations for change and be passed on to decision makes. Lastly, an exhibition is organized for the AUC community to get to know about the project and hear the voices of the participants.
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Shahin, Hana., Hafez, Nada., Osman, Azza. and Afifi, Alia. "From Students to Students: Using Photovoice to Assess Students' Strengths and Needs at the American University in Cairo" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Jun 20, 2017 <Not Available>. 2018-06-19 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1239048_index.html>

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Shahin, H. , Hafez, N. , Osman, A. and Afifi, A. , 2017-06-20 "From Students to Students: Using Photovoice to Assess Students' Strengths and Needs at the American University in Cairo" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada <Not Available>. 2018-06-19 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1239048_index.html

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Abstract: Due to the impact of the Egyptian pound floatation on the operation of the American University in Cairo (AUC), students have been on a strike. Accordingly, community psychology students felt the need to conduct a needs assessment of the students and workers; and an assets assessment of the university and the community. Correspondingly, based on what they have learned during the semester, they decided to work on enhancing the sense of community, in addition to engaging community members in the process. Thus, conduct a photovoice; a participatory action research (PAR), which aims to give the voice to the participants to tell their story from their perspective. It is an innovative research methodology; which gives the participants a chance to actively aid in collecting the data. Participants in this study will be asked to answer certain questions through photos from their surrounding and later get a chance to tell the story of the picture.
The PAR is designed to target three groups at AUC; namely, foreign students, Egyptian students, workers and staff. Students will be divided into groups; who will be in charge or others in the community. Their task is to explain the process to them and get them to participate in collecting the data, based on their consent. The main purpose is to collect data about how they perceive AUC, what are its strengths and what are the ideal component of AUC, what are their individual needs, what are stigmas and stereotypes that challenge them, and how can things be changed to the better. Accordingly, students can collect action oriented data, that would lead to recommendations for change and be passed on to decision makes. Lastly, an exhibition is organized for the AUC community to get to know about the project and hear the voices of the participants.


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