Reflective conversations about research methods with children

Authored by: Pam Whitty , Jennifer Rowsell

The Routledge International Handbook of Learning with Technology in Early Childhood

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  February  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138308169
eBook ISBN: 9781315143040
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In this chapter, we engage in a back-and-forth conversation about our various research studies over the years, reflecting on recurrent thoughts, preoccupations, and methodological strands that we have adopted as we have researched alongside children and young people. In an effort to chart where we have been and where we are going, we take a dialogic tone throughout the chapter drawing on theory and research vignettes to illustrate key dimensions of our research process. There is a strong focus on methods that we have adopted for digital research alongside non-digital research across age groups. The chapter spans such dimensions of research methods with children as: relational moments that we have had; ways that we have drawn out agency; the role of artifacts and materialities; ways of respectfully thinking about children’s worlds (and not engaging with deficit framings); stepping back from gatekeeping; and, looking ahead to new imaginings and new futures.

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