'Looking and listening-in': a methodological approach to generating insights into infants' experiences of early childhood education and care settings

Jennifer Sumsion, Joy Goodfellow

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)313-327
    Number of pages15
    JournalEuropean Early Childhood Education Research Journal
    Volume20
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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