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Visual Methodologies and Digital Tools for Researching with Young Children

Transforming Visuality

  • Marilyn Fleer
  • Avis Ridgway
  • Presents new digital visual methodological tools for researching early childhood

  • Shows digital visual research of dynamic, holistic and theorised practices in original case study examples.

  • Focuses on framing social discursive practices using cultural-historical and critical theories

  • Demonstrates how digital visual research methods capture the (often invisible) dynamic relations between child, family and community

  • Discusses visual methodology as an ethical tool for early childhood research in varied cultural settings


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Post-developmental Methodologies for Researching with Young Children

  3. Cultural–Historical Conceptualisations of Digital Visual Tools

  4. Ethical and Conceptual Issues When Researching with Children Using Digital Visual Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Jennifer Sumsion, Benjamin Bradley, Tina Stratigos, Sheena Elwick
      Pages 169-191
    3. Hanne Værum Sørensen
      Pages 193-212
  5. Central Concepts for Researching with Young Children Using Digital Visual Tools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Nikolai Veresov
      Pages 215-228
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 229-238

About this book


This book makes an original contribution to researching child-community development so that those with specific interests in early childhood education have new theoretical tools to guide their research practices. The book explicitly theorises the use of digital visual tools from a cultural-historical perspective. It also draws upon a range of post-structuralist concepts for moving research and scholarship forward. Examples of visual technologies from research in different cultural communities are foregrounded.

In particular this book introduces contemporary methodologies for researching child and community development with a focus on visual methodology so the dynamics of development can be captured over time and analysed historically, culturally, socially, ecologically and psychologically through a range of iterative techniques.  Visual technology was not freely available in Vygotsky’s time for example, and therefore potentially represents an extension of his genetic experimental approach to researching child development.

The book presents a range of methodological arguments about research into child and community development through which new conceptions for research centred on young children have been created. The authors of the chapters also discuss why a more holistic, dynamic and ethical view of research is needed for generating new knowledge about child development in a range of cultural contexts.


child-community development community development cultural-historical theory dialectical relation between child and family digital visual technologies early childhood education and development

Editors and affiliations

  • Marilyn Fleer
    • 1
  • Avis Ridgway
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityFrankstonAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationMonash UniversityFrankstonAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Visual Methodologies and Digital Tools for Researching with Young Children
  • Book Subtitle Transforming Visuality
  • Editors Marilyn Fleer
    Avis Ridgway
  • Series Title International perspectives on early childhood education and development
  • Series Abbreviated Title Int.persp.early childhood
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-01468-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-34309-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-01469-2
  • Series ISSN 2468-8746
  • Series E-ISSN 2468-8754
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 238
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 47 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Early Childhood Education
    Higher Education
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