Souza, Ana, Downey, Christopher and Byrne, Jenny
“Making Pies“ – a way of exploring children’s views on curriculum innovation.
Children and Society, 27, (5), . (doi:10.1111/j.1099-0860.2011.00418.x).
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This article examines the use of focus groups (FGs) as a way of gathering pupils’ views on the implementation of new curricula. We provide illustrations of creative activities, which were especially designed for a case-study research project exploring the views of 11-year-old pupils in English schools adopting an innovative approach to the Year 7 curriculum. We argue that combining FGs with creative methods encourages pupils to take an active role in interviews, enriches the quality of the data being collected and enhances the place of FGs as important tools in eliciting pupils’ voices for both research and curriculum planning purposes.
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