Children Framing Childhoods examines the shaping role of gender, race and immigrant status in how thirty-six children (age 10-12) represented themselves and their perspectives on immigration, social and cultural differences, and family-school relationships through photography and video. Here is a more detailed description of the methodology and an article about the project from the Harvard Gazette.

Looking Back follows a sub-sample of these young people and traces the multiple meanings they attach to their images over time (from ages 10-18) as a window on their changing identities, desires, aspirations and educational trajectories. This eleven year project has built an audio-visual archive that challenges dominant (mis) representations of fear, stigma, broken-ness and blame often associated with children and youth growing up in urban, culturally diverse, poor and working-class communities so that teachers are better prepared to recognize young people’s funds of knowledge and agency.

The practice I call collaborative seeing is a key part of my methodology.

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