Children as active research participants: a review of research methodologies with children

Christopher, Vicki ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8402-3714 (2021) Children as active research participants: a review of research methodologies with children. In: 14th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2021), 8 Nov - 9 Nov 2021, Sevilla, Spain.


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Abstract

Young children have much to offer to research, to narrate their lived experiences and perspectives. While contemporary views of children and childhood have seen a distinct shift toward notions of children’s rights, competence and agency, the frequency of children’s perspectives remains underrepresented in the empirical research literature. An increase of research ‘with’ rather than ‘on’ children is necessary to understand and represent children authentically, to give voice to children’s experiences and perspectives. Paying attention to “voice” is a growing trend in early childhood educational research and pedagogy, based on an identified need to involve children in the decisions that are made about them and their lives (Enochsson et al., 2019). Such a stance conveys a shifting image of the child during the last few years—from an object for adult intervention to one who is capable of engaging with others and contributing in his or her own right (Duhn, 2019). Drawing on literature presenting research with young children, this paper provides a review of methodologies and identifies data collection activities that provide opportunities for children to be active research participants to best report on their own experiences and perspectives. This paper then exemplifies the design of a research project (PhD) informed by the review of literature. This research project explores the everyday lived experiences of natural environments as places for learning and development of children aged four to five years. The approach will provide alternative methods, as well as opening up conversations within the early childhood field about new trends and experiences in early childhood education that foreground children’s rights, respect, dignity and wellbeing.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Virtual conference.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2021 06:27
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2021 00:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: early childhood, child voice, research with children, natural environments, child rights
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390302 Early childhood education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160101 Early childhood education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43692

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