NCRM Methods Review Papers, NCRM/003. Children as active researchers: a new research paradigm for the 21st century?

Kellett, Mary (2005) NCRM Methods Review Papers, NCRM/003. Children as active researchers: a new research paradigm for the 21st century? Discussion Paper. Unpublished. (Unpublished)

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This paper examines the concept of research undertaken by children* and the methodological and theoretical issues this raises. It begins with a rationale for research by children and sets this within a context of participation and empowerment, acknowledging the importance of child perspective and voice and valuing the original contribution that child researchers can make to our understanding of childhood and children’s lives. It traces the historical and philosophical precedents that have led to this point and explores the question of whether research by children can be accommodated within existing research parameters or whether it requires a new approach, even a new research paradigm? The paper also addresses issues related to ethics, policy and power relations along with a discussion of the extent to which research by children can be free of adult filters and adult influence. It draws on data from a three-year action research study empowering children as active researchers and features examples of children’s original projects.

Item Type:Working Paper (Discussion Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:NCRM Publications
Subjects:1. Frameworks for Research and Research Designs > 1.14 Participatory Research
ID Code:87
Deposited By: NCRM users
Deposited On:09 Nov 2007 14:40
Last Modified:12 Oct 2010 17:34

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