Video Ethnography with Kids: a Day in the Life

Some of you may find this useful.  UCB doesn’t own the book, unfortunately.

Hello Gustavo,
You have given me an opportunity to chime in to this list and say that
inspired by Joe Tobin’s ethnographic video investigation of preschool
education in three cultures, a group of colleagues and i embarked a
decade ago on a /Day in the Life/ project investigating early years
thriving around the globe. We filmed a full waking day in a number of
toddlers’ lives, created a compilation of filmed segments upon which we
then elicited reflections from the parents through iterative interviews
over the course of the study.  The project was published last year as:

Gillen, J. & Cameron, C.A. (Eds.). (2010). /International Perspectives
on Early Childhood Research: A Day in the Life./ Houndmills UK: Palgrave

Here’s a description of the book, if I might:

This book presents an innovative approach to studies of early childhood
and human culture.The /Day in the Life/ international, multidisciplinary
team collaboratively coauthored this study of young children and their
families in seven countries worldwide. A novel visual methodology was
used that filmed a /Day in the Life/ of seven thirty-month-old little
girls in Thailand, Canada, Peru, the UK, Italy, the US and Turkey.
Different paths to thriving are illustrated through words and images to
capture interactions of the children with their environments, including
caregivers, using multi-modal, participatory research methods….

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Evan Emory

Earlier this semester, we read an article in the NY Times about Evan Emory, who edited a video to make it appear that elementary school children were listening to him sing a song with graphic sexual lyrics.

He’s now been convicted of a felony and, among other things, is barred from getting closer than 500ft from where children gather.

While I understand that he did truly stupid thing, this punishment seems extremely excessive. Other opinions?

a game

This is maybe a side project — a paper-based game that is loosely based on interviews done with San Francisco residents about space and neighborhood.

Invisible Bike Race Game
Sample Communique Cards

I am not sure… what it is, exactly, in terms of visual research?   If anything.

It’s derived from research but it’s not an academic report obviously.  It has a made-up narrative that I think relates to mental maps, but is also kind of silly.  It’s not an especially visual thing in itself, but hopefully can be used by other people to create their own visual narratives and explore how they think about San Francisco.