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“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 & Society, 27, (5), pp. 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.

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Published date: September 2013
Keywords: creative activities, curriculum innovation, focus groups, pupils’ perspectives
Organisations: Southampton Education School


Local EPrints ID: 205393
ISSN: 0951-0605
PURE UUID: 22af4110-2def-4a59-b6e5-030a383ecd18

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Date deposited: 07 Dec 2011 14:54
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:04

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Author: Ana Souza
Author: Jenny Byrne

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