Visual Tools as Mediational Means : A Methodological Investigation

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Hilppö , J , Lipponen , L , Kumpulainen , K & Rajala , A 2017 , ' Visual Tools as Mediational Means : A Methodological Investigation ' , Journal of Early Childhood Research , vol. 15 , no. 4 , pp. 359-373 .

Title: Visual Tools as Mediational Means : A Methodological Investigation
Author: Hilppö, Jaakko; Lipponen, Lasse; Kumpulainen, Kristiina; Rajala, Antti
Contributor organization: Department of Education
Learning, Culture & Interventions (LECI)
Date: 2017-12
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Journal of Early Childhood Research
ISSN: 1476-718X
Abstract: In this study, we investigated how Finnish children used photographs and drawings to discuss their preschool day experiences in focus groups. Building on sociocultural perspectives on mediated action, we specifically focused on how these visual tools were used as mediational means in sharing experiences. The results of our embodied interaction analysis highlight the relevance of visual tools for the participants and the task at hand in the moment-to-moment, micro-level flow of interaction and its material environment. More specifically, our analysis illuminates different ways in which the visual tools were relevant for participating children and adults when sharing and talking about their experiences. In all, our study advances present-day understanding regarding how sociocultural and embodied interaction frameworks can guide visual research with children.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
embodied interaction
research with children
visual methods
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: other
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion

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