Exploring the use of emoji as a visual research method for eliciting young children’s voices in childhood research
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Recognition of the need to move from research on children to research with children has prompted significant theoretical and methodological debate as to how young children can be positioned as active participants in the research process. Visual research methods such as drawing, photography, and videography have received substantive attention in child-centred research paradigms. However, despite their increasing ubiquity in young children’s lifeworlds, technology or media-based visual materials have received little interest. This article reports on a study which used emoji as a visual research method for eliciting young children’s (aged three to five years) understandings and experiences of well-being. Findings elucidate the capacity of emoji as a visual research method for eliciting children’s voices, and considerations for its use in child research.
03004430.2016.1219730“This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Early Child Development and Care on 17 Aug 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03004430.2016.1219730" This author accepted manuscript is made available following 18 month embargo from date of publication (August 2017) in accordance with the publisher’s archiving policy