In this article, we describe an observational approach, 'looking and listening-in', that we have used to try to understand the experience of an infant in an Australian family day care home. The article is drawn from a larger study of infants' experiences of early childhood education and care settings. In keeping with the mosaic methodology of the larger study, 'looking and listening-in' encompasses constructs drawn from diverse (phenomenological, socio-cultural, social cognition) theoretical perspectives. In the context in which we are using it, looking and listening-in has dual utility: as a methodological approach for helping us to edge closer to understanding Charlie's experience, and as a way of describing how Charlie made meaning of his experience. Charlie's looking and listening-in is illustrated and analysed through a visual narrative.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||European Early Childhood Education Research Journal|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2012|