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Children as active researchers: a new research paradigm for the 21st century?

Kellett, Mary (2005). Children as active researchers: a new research paradigm for the 21st century? ESRC, UK.

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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 of research by children and sets this within a context or 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 of ethics, policy and power relations along with a discussion of the extent to which child research can be free of adult filters and adult influences. It draws on data from a 3-year ation research study empowering children as active researchers and features examples of children's original projects.

Item Type: Other
Copyright Holders: 2005 The Author
Keywords: children as researchers; empowerment; research methodologies;
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Childhood, Development and Learning
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 7539
Depositing User: Mary Kellett
Date Deposited: 02 May 2007
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 17:04
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