Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Paul Sproll

Second Advisor

Nancy Friese


This thesis highlights the importance of visuals and photography as significant enhancers in the learning process for students of all ages. There is both scientific and anecdotal evidence that illustrates the compelling impact of imagery and photography on not only academic education, but for the personal development and growth for students. Photography is often a medium for exercising creativity and self-reflection. As an activity, photography stimulates imagination while also exercising the ability to follow fundamental principles and limitations (timing, lighting, etc.) in order to take that perfect shot. As humans, we are driven primarily by our vision as both biological and neurological evidence suggests. Right now, especially in countries overseas, education systems are rather antiquated and still grounded by abstract learning. Thus, discovering new ways to create a better learning process that is centered around imagery and imagery-guided methodologies will enhance our next generation’s exposure to more effective learning methods. Technology has grown at such a rapid pace that vision technology and artificial intelligence is on the brink of disrupting education. These new technologies even serve to improve the photography experience and can create a myriad of learning opportunities in this field.

Included in

Art Education Commons



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