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A multimodal approach in early childhood educational research: possibilities and challenges
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Arts, Communication and Education, Education, Language, and Teaching.
2010 (English)In: 20th EECERA annual conference: Knowledge and voice in Early Childhood: who knows, who speaks, who listens? : Birmingham, UK 6th -8th September 2010, 2010Conference paper, Meeting abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this paper is to exemplify and discuss possibilities and challenges when working with variation and creativity, a multimodal approach, within early childhood educational research. In this study, a multimodal approach is used to create understanding and knowledge about pre-school-children‘s explorative learning. The study takes as a starting-point the theory of the life-world of Merleau-Ponty. This theory advocates pluralistic methods which render possibilities to explore and understand different participants lived experiences and perspectives. However, according to Merleau-Ponty, it is not possible to fully understand the other since all expressions are interpreted when sharing life-world through inter-subjectivity. That requires awareness and a critical review, as well as openness, trust and sensitivity when designing research aiming at voicing different lived experiences. Ethical matters are central and of great importance for both the participants and the validity of the study, especially since the relation between child and adult as well as teacher and researcher is traditionally asymmetrical. The discussion about possibilities and challenges with a multimodal approach in research is therefore based mainly on common reflection and critical reviews concerning methodological experiences in relation to ethical considerations. According to the discussion in the paper, a multimodal approach in early childhood educational research can support the development of pre-schools, towards more meaningful and democratic spaces for children.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010.
Keyword [en]
early childhood, ethics, life-world, multimodal, Social sciences - Education
Keyword [sv]
Socialvetenskap - Pedagogik
Research subject
Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-40459Local ID: f9ad08d0-d834-11df-8b36-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-40459DiVA: diva2:1013981
Conference
EECERA annual conference : 06/09/2010 - 08/09/2010
Note
Godkänd; 2010; 20101015 (suswes)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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