Images and perspectives : young children and digital photography
Subjectchildren's perspectives; digital photography; listening; Mosaic approach; outdoor play spaces
This research explores the use of digital photography by young children as a visual language for expressing their views regarding the outdoor environment. It was carried out in a licensed daycare setting with a group of twenty-one 2-4 year old children. A qualitative multi-method design was used, based on the Mosaic approach (Clark & Moss, 2011). The research focused on: (a) the children's perspectives, and (b) the ability of children's photographs to encourage dialogue and support a culture of listening. The theoretical framework was informed by a child's right to be heard, and drew from an image of children as competent learners and builders of knowledge. Findings showed the use of photography supported the sharing of ideas and the co-construction of meaning, revealing perspectives that might otherwise be overlooked. Further studies are needed in order to determine how educators in early learning settings might embed this process of listening into their daily practice.
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