Visual Narratives

This workshop will invite participants to explore and experiment with a multimodal digital narrative approach developed by Professor Wendy Luttrell, called collaborative seeing for use in her longitudinal visual ethnography Children Framing Childhoods and its follow-up study, Looking Back. Workshop participants will utilize a protocol of guided, yet open-ended attentive “noticings” of a sub-set of photographs that the children selected from their full set of photographs to share with educators/educational researchers.  Working together in small groups, participants will construct their own scheme for coding and categorizing the images, which will then be presented to the group, in the form of a “visual memo” which the course leader will describe.

After a brief discussion of each group’s visual memo, participants will be shown video clips of several of the child photographers talking about his/her image in the set.  There will be a discussion of any surprises as well as confirmations that result from listening to what the children have said, and consider what these insights suggest for the following: a) re-fining or revising the schema and b) mining the data further.

Participants will then be invited to bring in issues from their own visual research data, considering how they might adapt elements of the collaborative seeing protocol into their own work.

This workshop is hosted by NOVELLA (Narratives of Varied Everyday Lives and Linked Approaches) and MODE (Multimodal methodologies for digital environments).


24th April 2012, 13.00 – 16.00


Library, Thomas Coram Research Unit,
Institute of Education, University of London, 27-28 Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AA


Please visit the online registration page to book a place

Fees: £15 for UK-registered students. £30 for staff from UK academic institutions (including research centres), ESRC funded researchers and UK registered charitable organisations. £110 for all other participants.