Researching infants' experiences of early childhood education and care

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This chapter reports on an Australian study that has set out to investigate and illuminate what life is like for infants in early childhood education and care settings, as far as possible from the perspective of the infants themselves. We begin by describing the project. We then identify some of the many methodological and technical challenges encountered in the early phases and ethical issues that have arisen in our efforts to address them. In particular, we reflect on our use of 'baby cam', a micro video camera system comprising a video camera and sound recording equipment worn by an infant. Drawing on an adaptation of Shier's (2001) pathways to participation model for conceptualising and enhancing children's participation in decision-making, we consider to what extent we can legitimately claim to be making progress in establishing participatory ways of researching with infants.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearching young children's perspectives
Subtitle of host publicationDebating the ethics and dilemmas of educational research with children
EditorsDeborah Harcourt, Bob Perry, Tim Waller
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780203830437
ISBN (Print)9780203830437
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Grant Number

  • LP0883913


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