Brown, Ian M.; Lysaght, Pauline; and Westbrook, Roslyn, 2007, Analysing Image and Text: Voices of Children, Australian Art Education, 30(2), 40-56.
This research paper outlines the process undertaken to develop the Voices of Children project. So far, children from seven different countries in eight locations have documented their everyday experiences through photographs taken with disposable cameras and written responses. The presentation reveals the findings of a unique study by exploring the meaning and significance of children's visual and verbal expressions and purpose of these expressions through two distinct research studies. Content analysis was used to analyse the children's responses. The project served as a foundation for initiating and sustaining on-going research into cross-cultural visual literacy and narrative studies using children's visual and verbal artifacts. The images and text that the children have constructed complement one another and have combined to provide narrative accounts that allow an exploration of personal and cultural representations. This paper focuses predominantly on the visual analysis undertaken by the researchers.