chapter  3
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Developing a Theory of Media, Home, and Family: Lynn Schofield Clark and Diane F. Alters

In retrospect, the members of the research group realized that Jonathan's presence represented an overlapping of home and work boundaries, and it helped each member of the team to be reflexive about the experiences of interacting with children and about our work together. We saw that, like the people we interviewed, we brought to our work a collection of family-related concerns and experiences that informed our analysis. Jonathan's presence helped bring our own children and others into the room metaphorically, giving all of us permission to bring

our own experiences to bear on our research in ways that we had not previously done. This enabled us to consider anew how children are integrated into the life of a group and how ideas and understandings develop collaboratively over time.