Ref: Literat,I. (2013)’”A pencil for your thoughts”: Participatory drawing as a visual research method with children and youth’.

A research project to try to identify socio-economic and cultural factors which affected lives of young Indian students in Indian public schools as part of a larger study investigating social justice issues.

Firstly, children were asked to make a drawing in response to the question: “What does your community look like?” The researcher described themselves as a foreigner outside of the children’s culture and this approach to data collection helped them to better understand their students. As an example, Saritha aged 13 years prepared the following drawing and talked with the researcher, about the picture.

Childs Drawing
Saritha’s narration: In my community there are rich people and poor people. Our landowners are nicer than other landowners. They have a nice big house, but they are not happy, because they are alone. Their children are in America. We find our happiness in our family, and we are lucky compared to other people in my community. The dalits [untouchables] take care of our animals and clean the houses. I don’t think they are happy, and I want to help them in the future.