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“Is it fun?” developing children centred research methods

“Is it fun?” developing children centred research methods
“Is it fun?” developing children centred research methods
Over the past ten years, geographers have contributed to the growing body of interdisciplinary research developing new ways of undertaking research with children. Traditional research methods which do not directly involve working with children, such as the large scale observation of children, have been criticised for carrying out research on rather than with children. Instead, drawing upon the increasingly important children’s rights movement, researchers have been developing inclusive and participatory children centred methodologies, which place the voices of children, as social actors, at the centre of the research process. In this paper, we draw upon two ongoing postgraduate geographical research projects with children to reflect upon our own experiences of adopting children centred research methodologies. We also critically evaluate our own use of different innovative children centred research techniques, such as photographs, diaries, in?depth interviews and surveys.We also highlight the importance of considering the impact of the spaces in which we conduct our research.
0144-333X
33-58
Barker, John
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Weller, Susie
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Barker, John
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Weller, Susie
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Barker, John and Weller, Susie (2003) “Is it fun?” developing children centred research methods. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 23 (1/2), 33-58. (doi:10.1108/01443330310790435).

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Abstract

Over the past ten years, geographers have contributed to the growing body of interdisciplinary research developing new ways of undertaking research with children. Traditional research methods which do not directly involve working with children, such as the large scale observation of children, have been criticised for carrying out research on rather than with children. Instead, drawing upon the increasingly important children’s rights movement, researchers have been developing inclusive and participatory children centred methodologies, which place the voices of children, as social actors, at the centre of the research process. In this paper, we draw upon two ongoing postgraduate geographical research projects with children to reflect upon our own experiences of adopting children centred research methodologies. We also critically evaluate our own use of different innovative children centred research techniques, such as photographs, diaries, in?depth interviews and surveys.We also highlight the importance of considering the impact of the spaces in which we conduct our research.

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Published date: 2003
Organisations: Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 378856
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/378856
ISSN: 0144-333X
PURE UUID: a33929f5-e118-4869-a9bf-a9a3340dcaa0
ORCID for Susie Weller: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6839-876X

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Date deposited: 08 Jul 2015 11:59
Last modified: 15 Aug 2019 00:32

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