Data-Doing, Doing-Data in Inquiry with Young Children

Presented by Dr. Casey Y. Myers, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education and Coordinator of Studio and Research Arts at the Child Development Center, Kent State University, USA.

Facilitated by Dr Kylie Smith, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.

Drawing on a new materialist relationality and post-qualitative methodology, Dr. Myers explores the ways in which conceptions and enactments of “data” in research with young children can be shifted so that data is recognised as a multi-layered, multiplayer event.

Multimodal vignettes from classroom based research with 4 and 5-year-olds will be used to demonstrate processes of doing-data/data-doing that disrupt more traditional notions of power, ethics, voice, and artifact, and argue for researchers to reconsider the role of data both during and in the aftermath of inquiry with young children.

Dr. Casey Y. Myers is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education and the Coordinator of Studio and Research Arts at the Child Development Center, an early years laboratory school at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, USA. Her research and teaching interests revolve around the everyday materialities of young children’s school lives. She was the 2015 recipient of the Jeanette Rhedding-Jones Outstanding Dissertation Award from the International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE) organisation.