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ERIC Number: ED447938
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 22
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Seen from Their Perspective: The Disposable Camera as a Tool for Research into Adolescent Boys' Construction of Gender Identity.
Walker, Barbara M.
This paper reports on an integrated methodology adopted to help solve the problem of accessing boys' fleeting, mobile, and often unvoiced self-work during the process of constructing their gender identity. The study is part of a larger investigation examining the experience and education of boys and young men in relation to matters of sexual health and masculinity, which develops an understanding of the relationship between values, beliefs, and action. Following group interviews, six 15-year-old boys living in a large industrial English city were given disposable cameras and were asked to photograph anything that seemed important to them. The group of boys represented a variety of academic abilities, personality types, and ethnicities and were not from a pre-existing friendship group. Four of the six boys took photographs and were available for follow-up interviews. The photographs were then discussed in the group, and that stage of the research finished with one-to-one interviews. The paper explores in depth the positives and negatives of the methodology for evaluating personal growth, analyzes the photographs, and illustrates how the integrated methodology helped in understanding the individuals concerned and their relationships with the world they inhabit. (Contains 31 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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