How do young children learn about photography?

Kit Mei Betty WONG

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Photography is increasingly used in research with children and as a learning tool in early childhood classrooms. However, very few studies have examined how young children encounter and experience the use of cameras. This paper describes a project conducted over a three-month period in which a class of 31 five- to six-year-old children in a Hong Kong preschool learned to use digital cameras. The project had three stages: (1) learning to use a camera, (2) practising photography skills, and (3) expression through photography. The children's experiences of learning to use digital cameras throughout the project were documented infield notes, photos taken by the children, and photos and video taken by the researchers. The project demonstrated the potential and possibilities of using photography in research and learning in early childhood education. The substantive steps used in this project to introduce photography to children can be a reference point for both teachers and researchers. Copyright © 2020 The Author(s). All Rights Reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-110
JournalJournal of Education and Human Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


Wong, K. M. (2020). How do young children learn about photography? Journal of Education and Human Development, 9(1), 103-110. doi: 10.15640/jehd.v9n1a10


  • Photography
  • Children's perspectives
  • Research with children


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