ERIC Number: ED453253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-14
Photography as a Data Generation Tool for Qualitative Inquiry in Education.
This paper discusses the ways in which photography was used for data generation in a 9-month qualitative study on a mixed-age elementary school classroom. Through a review of the research literature in anthropology, sociology, and education, and an analysis of the research data, the usefulness of photography for educational research with young children was examined. Observations and findings from working with the class of 40 children aged 6 to 9 years show the 4 ways photography functioned as a research tool: (1) to overview the setting; (2) to create in-depth diachronic views of the classroom; (3) to offer children the chance to express their own ideas through a visual medium (photographs they took with inexpensive cameras); and (4) to elicit responses during photo-interviews with 8 children. More than 200 photographs were taken and collected during the 9 months. (Contains 17 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).