University of Helsinki, Finland
Visual methods in researching and understanding children’s experiencing in their life worlds
In my presentation, I will discuss how visual methods offer tools for children to narrate their experiencing in their life worlds. My work is informed by sociocultural and dialogic approaches that consider children’s sense-making as a dialogic process encompassing social, cognitive, affective, and personal identity dimensions (Vygotsky, 1994). The concept of experiencing focuses on a dynamic tension between the given world and the way in which it is experienced. My presentation challenges simplistic notions of gaining access to and understanding children’s experiencing via visual methods. On the contrary, as my empirical examples will show, visually mediated accounts of children’s experiencing should be understood as interactional achievements shaped by cultural, social, and material contexts. As such, visual methods can offer children rich means of expression, which can result in new meanings, emotions, and experiences for everyone involved.