Why research 'by' children? Rethinking the assumptions underlying the facilitation of children as researchers

Kim, Chae-Young (2016). Why research 'by' children? Rethinking the assumptions underlying the facilitation of children as researchers. Children & Society, 30(3) pp. 230–240.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12133

Abstract

Research ‘by’ children, where children conduct research as primary investigators, may be seen as an ideal form of children’s participation in research. This paper examines the methodological and normative assumptions that underlie such research and identifies some ambiguities which require clarification and questions which need answering for better theorisations of its purposes and more robust evaluations of the associated research practices to occur. It concludes that tensions between these assumptions and the research practices mean the role of children as ‘researchers’ has been limited while further explorations of the potentials of research ‘by’ children need stronger reflexivity.

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