Children’s relations to outdoor places through the lenses of digital cameras
2012 (English)In: Abstract book, EECERA 2012, 2012, 39-40 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
The aim of this paper is to discuss possibilities and limitations using children’s photographs, a research method that has been more frequent during the last years. The paper is based upon an on-going study about children’s relations to outdoor places. In all, 42 children between sex and eight years old, at two primary schools with outdoor education programmes, participated in the study. The children took photos with digital cameras during walks in the school yards and in nature environments. They were asked to show places for their play and other activities. Thereafter, ten girls and ten boys were interviewed about their photographs. The children were informed about the project and that their participation was voluntary. In the analysis the concept of intra-activity (Barad 2007) was used. The concept implies that not only humans but also material objects possess agency. This emphasizes the interplay between children, cameras and outdoor environment. The result indicates that children are empowered when they are given cameras. The cameras, as well as the photos, also help children to reflect over and communicate their experiences of the outdoor environment. However, the cameras as well as discursive factors concerning photography also influence the children and the research process. They invite children to activities of social and explorative character, activities that sometimes do not coincide with the purpose of the study, i.e. to investigate children’s relations to outdoor places. Digital cameras could be important devices for teachers and researchers who want empower children and take part in their experiences.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. 39-40 p.
outdoor play, children’s photography
Research subject Child and Youth Studies with Focus on Educational Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98976OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-98976DiVA: diva2:686031
22d EECERA Conference, Oporto, Portugal, 29th August - 1st September 2012
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2009-5535