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

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This paper discusses the innovative research method of using body-worn cameras for capturing speech and experiences of 3- to 5-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
Pages (from-to)106-118
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Early Childhood Research
Issue number1
Early online date21 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2022


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


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