Photo: Students in Dialogue

Visual Reflection Exercise


This active learning exercise was developed for an upper-level undergraduate class treating social science research methods in religious studies. It is easily adaptable to other subjects or educational contexts.

The exercise asks students to find examples of theoretical concepts in their environment, e.g., how borders or boundaries function in social worlds. They then participate in a group reflection to encourage engagement, learning, reflection, and conversation. The goal is to help them think theoretically and socially about those examples.


Jill DeTemple, Southern Methodist University (TX)