Conducting photo methodologies with children: framing ethical concerns relating to representation, voice and data analysis when exploring educational inclusion with children

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Abstract

This article is a critical discussion regarding a photo elicitation research project. In the project children and young people studying in primary, secondary and special schools were invited to explore their experiences of inclusion and exclusion by taking photographs of their everyday activities. These photographs were cartoonised to protect identities and then shared with other children and young people. This paper offers a detailed description of the methodological approach adopted, before discussing three key aspects relating to the ethical issues that emerged. The first aspect is an exploration of the concerns and challenges posed by adopting a photo-elicitation method with children and young people. The second area concerns possibilities for accessing individual’s perceptions and respecting the differing ‘voices’ of research participants, The third aspect involves a reflection upon the advantages and difficulties of conducting data analysis on visual materials. Drawing these three aspects together it is concluded that while photo-elicitation with children is not without its challenges, the approach provides a multimodal route for accessing and sharing multiple and varied voices, some of which are too often deprived of a platform.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-18
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Research & Method in Education
Volume42
Issue number1
Early online date1 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Photo elicitation
  • inclusion
  • qualitative methodology

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