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Involving Children in Ethnographic Research Using Photographs: Reflecting on the Development of Participatory Visual Research Methods in an English Primary School

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By: Michelle Cottle Published: 2017 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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This case study reflects on the use of photographic interviews as a research method to involve children, aged between 4 and 11 years, in an ethnographic research project that took place in an English primary school. There has been growing interest in the use of visual methods in ethnographic research in recent years. Photographs can provide children with both a medium and another language in which to communicate their ideas and can be an effective way to locate discussion within the child’s experience. However, there is currently little practical support for collecting visual data with children within formal ethical guidelines. Recent research has revealed a number of potential approaches, each with its own particular set of opportunities and restrictions. My own approach was based on an ...

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