Elton-Chalcraft, Sally (2011) ‘We are like dictionaries, Miss, you can look things up in us’: evaluating child-centred research methods. Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education, 39 (2). pp. 187-202. Full text not available from this repository.
Research concerning children is often presented with only a brief comment on the research methods adopted. This paper takes a ‘behind the scenes’ view and I discuss my adoption of a non-hierarchical ‘least adult role’ adapted from Mandell's work in 1991 to undertake qualitative research in the sensitive area of children's multicultural awareness in two high-proportion minority ethnic schools and two schools with a predominantly white intake. I discuss my approach as a ‘traveller’ rather than a ‘miner’ and the use of jelly beans and Bean Sheet to gauge the children's perceptions of their multicultural awareness. The value placed on the role of the child in the research design and implementation is examined, and I evaluate the advantages and limitations of adopting such child-centred approaches for the teacher researcher.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education|
|Publisher:||Routledge /Taylor & Francis|
|ISSN:||ISSN: 1475-7575 (electronic) 0300-4279 (paper)|
|Departments:||Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of Education > Initial Teacher Education > Early Years and Primary Undergraduate Partnership QG|
|Depositing User:||Insight Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||14 Oct 2011 13:14|
|Last Modified:||26 Aug 2016 16:08|
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