The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

Participation or pedagogy?: Ambiguities and tensions surrounding the facilitation of children as researchers

Kim, Chae-Young (2017). Participation or pedagogy?: Ambiguities and tensions surrounding the facilitation of children as researchers. Childhood, 24(1) pp. 84–98.

Full text available as:
[img] PDF (Accepted Manuscript) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (411kB)
DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/0907568216643146
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

Ambiguities and tensions can arise when children are facilitated to act as ‘primary researchers’ concerning whether this is primarily to support their ‘participation’ in knowledge production and, with the knowledge produced, in relevant decision-making processes or whether it is mainly for any educational benefits. This article considers these ambiguities and tensions theoretically and by using evidence from a study where English primary school children were supported to conduct their own research projects. It concludes that, while the boundaries between children’s research as participation and pedagogy can be ambiguous, it should not be promoted for its potential educational benefits alone.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Author
ISSN: 1461-7013
Keywords: children as researchers; inquiry-based learning; participation; practical research; primary school children
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Childhood Studies
Item ID: 46120
Depositing User: Chae-Young Kim
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2016 10:02
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2017 11:54
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/46120
Share this page:

Altmetrics

Download history for this item

These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340   general-enquiries@open.ac.uk