Photovoice: Towards an inclusive student selection in university residential community

Wing Tung Michelle CHENG

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The higher education sector across countries is engaged in efforts to create equal opportunity for students to participate in all aspects of the educational process. Yet, with limited school resources, selection processes based on certain standards or criteria have eventually benefitted the privileged students and excluded the others. This one-year longitudinal study was situated within the university residential hall community to investigate the residential experience of two students who were deemed as “unfit” to the “ideal” resident member standard for the usual selection practices. Adopting the photovoice method, this study showcases how the residential environment has the potential to influence hall residents’ personal development and how their personal growth could bring benefit to the residential community. This study suggests theoretical and practical implications to promote an inclusive selection process to increase equitable opportunities for all students aspiring to be benefited from the hall residence in the universities. Copyright © 2022 The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
Original languageEnglish
Article number167
JournalSN Social Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022


Cheng, M. W. T. (2022). Photovoice: Towards an inclusive student selection in university residential community. SN Social Sciences, 2. Retrieved from


  • Residence life
  • Living-learning communities
  • Student development
  • Student affairs
  • Admission/enrolment management


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