Christopoulou, Martha
A.18 | Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 14:30 - 15:00, Room A1
An investigation into children’s everyday visual and aesthetic experiences
This paper describes the implementation of the group interviews and the data collected from them. Group interviews with primary age children were conducted in order to determine their visual and aesthetic experiences and preferences for visual culture genres. They also sought to establish whether children understood the impact of visual culture on how they constructed knowledge about themselves and their worlds. The group interviews took place in four primary schools located in an urban, municipality of Athens, and a rural district of Greece, called North Ileia, between 30 January and 10 February 2006. A total of a hundred and forty-three children aged between 6 and 12 were interviewed by myself in mixed sex groups of six. Discussion began with showing children a range of visual images included in the research tool and looking at them. The majority of children appeared to recognise most of the visual culture genres. However, they did not name them all and did not use categories of description such as ‘crafts’, ‘fine arts’, ‘graffiti’, and ‘book illustration’. They said the visual images they viewed most frequently in their everyday lives were equally from the built environment and mass-media. However, the ones they preferred to look at most were from TV, comics and animated cartoons mainly because they identified themselves with their characters. They also regarded ‘fun’, ‘entertainment’ and the emotional arousal as important reasons for choosing to watch certain TV programmes. After giving them clues to think they said they learned from visual images they encounter in their everyday lives behavioural manners, like being/not being polite, verbal codes and jargon (slang), and about consumer culture and fashion.
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