My Mom Said You Can’t Use My Face, But My Voice Is Alright”: Children As Active Agents in Research Utilizing Video Data

  • Nicholas E. Husbye
Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 17)


Video data is a construction of a social reality shared by both the researcher and the participants. In research, how might the process of constructing this social reality contribute both to inquiry as well as positioning children in agentic ways? Drawing upon video data from a 4 week ethnographic case study of children’s’ processes while making film, this chapter seeks to explore the ways the young filmmakers engaged in a variety of strategies with research cameras, particularly in the ways they went to great lengths to avoid the cameras, were highly selective in what elements of themselves they allowed to be captured on the research cameras, and actively cultivated their presence in the data set. Such engagement strengthened the project by supporting the articulation of the boundaries of the context of the video data in addition to supporting data navigation.


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  • Nicholas E. Husbye
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  1. 1.University of Wisconsin – MilwaukeeMilwaukeeUSA

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