Original Paper

American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 115-123

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Young Children as Protagonists and the Role of Participatory, Visual Methods in Engaging Multiple Perspectives

  • Alison ClarkAffiliated withCentre for Childhood, Development and Learning, The Open University Email author 

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How can the perspectives, insights and interests of young children, under 6 years-old, be given status in processes of change? This paper will examine the contribution participatory and visual methods can make to enabling young children to document their experiences and to facilitate exchange with adults. Examples will be drawn from three research studies in educational settings which have developed a specific research method, the Mosaic approach (Clark and Moss 2001; Clark 2004; Clark 2005) which brings together visual and verbal research tools. This paper will discuss how researching with young children rather than on young children can redraw the boundaries between adults’ and children’s roles in the research process including the relationship with the research audience.


Participatory action research Visual research methods Young children