An innovative methodology for capturing young children’s curiosity, imagination and voices using a free app: Our Story

Canning, Natalie; Payler, Jane; Horsley, Karen and Gomez, Chris (2017). An innovative methodology for capturing young children’s curiosity, imagination and voices using a free app: Our Story. International Journal of Early Years Education, 25(3) pp. 292–307.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09669760.2017.1353953

Abstract

This study explores children’s narratives of their curiosity and imagination through innovative use of an information technology app – Our Story. Novel use of the app allowed children to express and record their opinions they considered significant to them. The research captured children’s approaches to everyday situations through their play. Introducing the notion of ‘narrative affordances’, findings show how the app facilitated a range of possibilities for recording children’s curiosity and imagination through pictures, text, sound and short video. Children added to and developed their narratives, putting them firmly in control of what they wanted to include and share, providing a unique insight into children’s perspectives.

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