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Play frames, or framed play? The use of film cameras in visual ethnographic research with children

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This paper presents a theoretical and reflective discourse about visual methodologies used in research praxis with children. It argues that while static and tracking cameras provide a useful contextual overview of the research environment, a more meaningful understanding of children's play worlds comes from observing from their own points of view captured by cameras worn on chest harnesses. Furthermore, it argues that the analytical experience of watching and coding films taken from close-quartered cameras positions the researcher to be located within the child's world view, and to experience by proxy what the child experiences first hand. The paper proposes that by combining the visual method of 'sites of production, image and audiencing' with the narrative method of 'restorying', the positionality of researcher and participants can be readily encompassed within the visual research praxis.
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Document Type: Editorial

Publication date: April, 2014

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