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In A Younger VoiceDoing Child-Centered Qualitative Research$
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Cindy Dell Clark

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195376593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195376593.001.0001

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Visual Methods in Interviews

Visual Methods in Interviews

(p.136) 6 Visual Methods in Interviews
In A Younger Voice

Cindy Dell Clark

Oxford University Press

Visual methods are well suited for inquiry seeking children’s views. Visual methods provide for communications attuned to even preliterate children, in turn empowering children to show what matters to them and accompanying feelings. Drawing or other art allow boys and girls a chance to frame and display what they see in their mind’s eye. A dynamic, rather than fixed, approach to interpreting art is advised. Visual cues and props are also assets in child-centered research, such as models, puppets, replicas of settings and other tacit forms of showing and telling. In the metaphor sort technique (MST), children sort pictures as being analogous with a topic, revealing rich insights into children’s feelings and assumptions from the metaphors. Photoelicitation invites children to take snapshots of experiences; these photos are used as the basis for an interview in which they explain the photo. Photoelicitation has had broad application for studies across cultures and age groups.

Keywords:   visual methods, photoelicitation, photo voice, drawing, metaphor sort, models, puppets

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