Visual research methods with children and youth: Opportunities & challenges

Sarah Barriage, Xiaofeng Li, Irene Lopatovska, Cass Mabbott

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Visual research methods involve the incorporation of visual material such as photographs, artwork and video into the research process. This approach to research is particularly well suited for use with children and youth as it complements verbal and written data collection methods, which some children and youth may find challenging. This video presentation includes a brief overview of three specific types of visual research methods used in recent library and information science research studies with children and youth. An overview of each visual research method is provided, as well as a discussion of the advantages and challenges associated with each method. The video includes examples of the types of research questions for which the surveyed visual research methods might be best suited, as well as associated ethical issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-620
Number of pages2
JournalProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2017

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  • information practices
  • research with children and youth
  • visual literacy
  • visual research methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Library and Information Sciences


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