Engaging children with voice through photo-story maps

Authors: Corey Martz*, University of Denver, Rebecca Powell, University of Denver, Bryan Wee, University of Colorado Denver
Topics: Qualitative Methods, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: photo-story maps, mobile device, children, engagement, sense of place
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Many children in the United States are increasingly accustomed to the presence of mobile devices at home, in school, and ingrained in everyday interactions with people and surroundings. In this article, we aim to advance methods that use familiar mobile devices to more fully engage and give voice to children in research, as well as add to still emerging understandings of how to effectively and ethically wield digital data. Accordingly, we offer photo-story maps, our approach to leveraging an existing mobile device story map application to characterize children’s sense of place as part of a larger study in Denver, Colorado. We found photo-story maps valuable in facilitating collection and analysis of multiple digital data formats and as a dynamic interview tool when displayed on a mobile device. To employ photo-story maps, we navigated a number of logistical and data quality constraints in the research design and safeguarded the children’s privacy and confidentiality through security measures in data collection, storage, and sharing. We suggest photo-story maps support continuously rethinking research methods and tools to engage and give voice to children through current familiar media.

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