Childhood in Canada

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The research question which I used for this project was “what does it mean to be a child in Canada?” My participant is ten years old and due to legal issues, he will be known as Evan instead of his real name. the field-work process of the photo-voice assignment, Evan’s thoughts and pictures made me realize just how similar my own memories of my childhood was to his because as I was analyzing the pictures he took, I noticed those would have been the same pictures I would take if I was the participant. As what Sari Knopp Biklen said in Trouble in Memory Lane, when doing photo-voices, it is very common for the researchers to see or remember some memories that can be related to their participant’s memory (Biklen 1999). Through photo-voice, one is able to gain access into the deeper depths of one’s own memory of childhood (Biklen 1999). When one is able to further reach down into one’s own memory, one is able to realize and make connections with the world and other people’s thoughts (Biklen 1999). Throughout the fieldwork which I did with Evan, I noticed that many recollections of my own memories as I was a child were similar to Evan’s. From the pictures which Evan took, I saw many pieces of my own childhood which I can relate to. Perhaps the reason why so many of my memories were so similar to Evan’s was because culturally, we are almost the same. Being culturally similar means that we both share similar beliefs and similar thoughts because we both had the same teacher and lessons from our parents. Evan took twenty four pictures which he thought were related with my research question. In the figure 1 picture which Evan took, he explained that he decided to take that picture because he believes this television is pretty. However, f... ... middle of paper ... ...d while Evan’s perspectives are less detailed. Just like what Claudia Mitchell said, photographs can be used as raw material when it comes to memory work (Mitchell 2002). Nonetheless, having Evan take pictures was a good way to tell the exact views he has on what he thinks a child is suppose to do in Canada. Works Cited Biklen, Sari K. Trouble on Memory Lane. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 251-66. York University. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. Mitchell, Claudia. "Welcome to ebrary."ebrary: Document Viewing Options. Routledge, n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. . Mitchell, Claudia. "Welcome to ebrary."ebrary: Document Viewing Options. Routledge, n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. . Wang, Carolyn. "Photovoice http://www." Photovoice http://www. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. .
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