Body-worn cameras as a research tool in early years settings: strengths and weaknesses.

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Abstract

This paper discusses the innovative research method of using body-worn cameras for capturing speech and experiences of three to five-year olds in English early years settings. The strengths and weaknesses will be discussed in this multiple case study approach to capturing the quality of speech from young children (n=43). Adopting an interactionist theoretical framework and viewing the project through an interpretive paradigm, it is asserted there is the necessity to capture data in a way that is naturalistic and ethical at all times. It is argued that that in order to gain a full and deep understanding of young children’s lives, the use of body-worn cameras is pivotal in gaining the data that may not exist otherwise. It is therefore argued throughout this paper that although both strengths and weaknesses exist that weaknesses should be overcome and accommodated in order to enhance future research.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Early Childhood Research
Early online date21 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2022

Keywords

  • Body-worn cameras
  • innovative research methods
  • early childhood
  • speech analysis

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