“Making Pies“ – a way of exploring children’s views on curriculum innovation

Souza, Ana, Downey, Christopher and Byrne, Jenny (2013) “Making Pies“ – a way of exploring children’s views on curriculum innovation. Children and Society, 27, (5), 385-396. (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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1099-0860.2011.00418.x
ISSNs: 1099-0860 (electronic)
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Keywords: creative activities;curriculum innovation;focus groups;pupils’ perspectives
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Education School
ePrint ID: 205393
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
September 2013Published
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2011 14:54
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:47
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/205393

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