Thriving Across the Lifespan and Around the Globe: Day in the Life Visual Research Approach

Importance of Video-Centred Ethnography in a Day in the Life Project: A Case of Beavers and Citizenship

Author(s): Julia Gillen* and Catherine Ann Cameron

Pp: 19-26 (8)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681088808121010006

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


This chapter describes how the use of visual methods in the Day in the Life (DITL) programme enables investigation of the multimodal, mobile, participants from multiple perspectives. At the heart of the approach is the videoing of a whole day and then later bringing a compilation into discussion with participants, itself also a site for further data generation. The DITL approach has been deployed in various projects in diverse communities around the globe. The project considered here as an exemplar, worked with 10 thriving young children in transition to school in four countries. The theme of “beavers as symbols of Canada” emerged in one young girl’s learning about citizenship during a kindergarten whole class reading lesson in the morning, and subsequently her discussions with her multi-generational family in the afternoon. We explain how our explorations with visual data enable us to investigate the coconstruction of knowledge and connections made across the events.

Keywords: DITL, Methodology, Multimodality, Video, Visual methods, Young children.

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