Using In-the-Picture to Engage With the Child’s Perspective

Rix, Jonathan and Parry, John (2017). Using In-the-Picture to Engage With the Child’s Perspective. In Sage Research Methods Cases SAGE Research Methods Cases.



This case study explores the use of the In-the-Picture approach to engage with the views and experiences of very young children and people with whom typical communication approaches are not effective. It describes this qualitative grounded method which enables the researcher to consider the child’s perspective, through the use of first person narrative observation, photography of the child’s focus of attention and reflective discussion with the child, practitioners and family. Four examples of research undertaken using this approach will be discussed, outlining how it has been used to explore children’s experiences and relationships in the early years. It concludes with some suggestions of further possible uses for In-the-Picture.

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