National Centre for Research Methods



Advancing the use of visual methods in research on children’s cultures

Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University
16 April 2008, 10am - 4.30pm
Cost: £30 per delegate (to include course materials, refreshments and buffet lunch)


This one-day seminar event will focus on advancing our use of visual methods in research projects that focus on children’s cultural worlds. A number of researchers have begun to use visual methods in research of this nature, but questions surrounding issues of anonymity, representation, age and participation still remain. This event will aim to explore these issues in an in-depth manner through a range of presentations that directly draw on research projects that have used visual methods. The event will not be a hands-on practical session; neither will it be an introduction to the use of visual methods. Attendees will be asked to draw upon their own experiences of using visual methods in recent research practice, to share their knowledge of these methods, to raise issues and concerns and to contribute to debate in this field.

Who is the seminar for?

The seminar is aimed at academics and researchers who have already used visual methods in their research and who wish to further develop their expertise. It will be of particular interest to those researching children’s cultural worlds through visual methods.

A copy of the full programme (pdf file) is available for download here >>>>>>>>

Presentations made on the day are available by clicking on the paper title below.

Liesbeth de Block and Rebekah Willett,, Institute of Education, London
Paper title: Children, video-making and research: emerging questions about visual methodologies

Alexandra Allan, Cardiff University and Fin Cullen, Institute of Education, London
Paper title: Picturing innocence? Innocent pictures?: Representation and the use of self-directed photography in studies of children and young people’s cultural worlds

Members of the Qualiti (Extra)Ordinary Lives Research Team
Paper title: “Look at my eyes, they’re lush”: representing mediated identities in longtitudinal participatory research with children and young people in public care.

Chris Pole, Nottingham Trent University
Paper title: Taking The Pics? Visual Methods, Childhood Research and Ethics

Full abstracts are available here >>>>>>>>>>

How to book a place

This event is now fully booked. A waiting list is now in operation.
To book a place on this workshop, please complete a booking form and return to the Qualiti office either by email or by post to:
Cardiff School of Social Sciences
Cardiff University
Glamorgan Building
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3WT

Booking forms are available here >>>>>>>>.

Booking will be on a first come first served basis. Places are limited so please register early to avoid disappoint.

Cancellation and Refunds: A full refund will be given for cancellations in excess of 48 hours notice of an event. Please note that we cannot offer any refunds for places cancelled within 48 hours of the event.

If you would like further information about this event, please email the event organiser; Alexandra Allan on


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