Sensory Tours as a Method for Engaging Children as Active Researchers: Exploring the Use of Wearable Cameras in Early Childhood Research
Wearable cameras engage young children as active researchers in recording their experiences in natural environments
This article explores ‘Sensory Tours’ through the use of wearable cameras with children as a data collection source to engage young children as active researchers in recording their experiences in natural environments. It involved children wearing cameras during free play and subsequent discussions whilst watching the videos they had created. It stimulated discussions providing different perspective and understandings from the children. This method captures children’s unique perspectives of being-in-the-world, depicting what they see, hear, say, touch, and their interactions with others. It is a nonintrusive means of collecting data, providing children with control over what data they collect. Sensory Tours provide a means for children to analyze, reconstruct, and interpret aspects of their experiences in discussions with peers and adults. It also enables us to see how children interact with the natural environment.