Doing Visual Research with Children and Young People
Visual media offer powerful communication opportunities. Doing Visual Research with Children and Young People explores the methodological, ethical, representational and theoretical issues surrounding image-based research with children and young people. It provides well-argued and illustrated resources to guide novice and experienced researchers through the challenges and benefits of visual research.
Because new digital technologies have made it easier and cheaper to work with visual media, Pat Thomson brings together an international body of leading researchers who use a range of media to produce research data and communicate findings. Situating their discussions of visual research approaches within the context of actual research projects in communities and schools, and discussing a range of media from drawings, painting, collage and montages to film, video, photographs and new media, the book offers practical pointers for conducting research. These include
- why visual research is used
- how to involve children and young people as co–researchers
- complexities in analysis of images and the ethics of working visually
- institutional difficulties that can arise when working with a ‘visual voice’
- how to manage resources in research projects
Doing Visual Research with Children and Young People will be an ideal guide for researchers both at undergraduate and postgraduate level across disciplines, including education, youth and social work, health and nursing, criminology and community studies. It will also act as an up-to-date resource on this rapidly changing approach for practitioners working in the field.
Pat Thomson is Professor of Education and Director of Research in the School of Education, University of Nottingham, UK. She is a former school principal of disadvantaged schools in Australia.
1. Introduction 2. Teaching Children to Use Visual Research Methods 3. Gender and Being ‘Bad’: Inner-City Students’ Photographs 4. ‘Play in Focus’: Children Researching their own Spaces and Places for Play 5. Researching Children’s Narratives Creatively through Drawings 6. Visual Research with Young People to Explore Sex and the Media 7. Video Diaries 8. Looking through the Lens of a Camera in the Early Childhood Classroom 9. Visual Voice in Classrooms; Practical, Ethical & Methodological Issues 10. Visual Narrative and Diversity in our Classroom: Digital Readings of Policy 11. 'Voice' and Video: Seen, Heard and Listened to? 12. Dialogues with Artists: Getting to Grips with Children’s Self Portraits 13. Ethics & Visual Research 14. The Need for a New Ethics
'This is a timely, very important contribution to the growing fields of pupil participation and visual research with and on young people. It explores and extends an increasingly vibrant and significant field of enquiry in ways which engage our imagination and excite us to action. Theoretically sophisticated and accessibly written, it will quickly establish itself as a key text for professionals and academics alike.'
Professor Michael Fielding, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
'...filled with useful techniques for researchers in any discipline studying children.'
Eric Margolis, Arizona State University, USA, and President of the International Visual Sociology Association