The Open UniversitySkip to content

Multimodal map making with young children: exploring ethnographic and participatory methods

Clark, Alison (2011). Multimodal map making with young children: exploring ethnographic and participatory methods. Qualitative Research, 11(3) pp. 311–330.

Full text available as:
Full text not publicly available (Version of Record)
Due to publisher licensing restrictions, this file is not available for public download
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


Researching the ‘insider’ perspectives of young children requires a readiness to not only tune into different modes of communication but also to create opportunities for this knowledge to be communicated to others. This research is based on a longitudinal study involving young children and adults in the design and review of learning environments. This article first explores mapmaking, one of the methods used in the Mosaic approach as a site of multi-modal communication. Second, it investigates how the maps, as informant-led representations can promote ‘cultural brokerage’ (Chalfen and Rich, 2007) by facilitating the exchange of meanings within learning communities and beyond. This applied ethnographic and participatory research raises questions about the importance of making visible these opportunities for meaning-making across generational and professional boundaries.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Author(s)
ISSN: 1741-3109
Keywords: applied ethnography; multimodality; Mosaic approach; participatory; young children
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Related URLs:
Item ID: 30030
Depositing User: Alison Clark
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2011 16:44
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2016 21:04
Share this page:


Altmetrics from Altmetric

Citations from Dimensions

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU