Children as researchers: Wild things and the dialogic imagination

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Children as researchers: Wild things and the dialogic imagination

Contributors

Author: Megan Lang, Becky Shelley

Publisher: Sage Journals

Date: 2021

Geographic Coverage: Worldwide

Type of Resource: Academic Journal

Sector/setting: Research

Vulnerable groups: Children, Young People

Developed with children and young people? Not Specified

Type of participation: N/A

Availability: Restricted Access

Keywords: Child-led, Children as Researchers, Dialogism, Listening to Children, Ontology of Childhood

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Introduction

Child-led research has arisen in response to changed perspectives on children’s rights and capabilities. However, questions remain about the implications of children participating in ways and for purposes designed by adults. This paper examines a child-led research project through the heuristic of dialogism to identify the perspectives and motivations of adults and children – the many ‘voices’ of the situation. Ontological conceptualisations of childhood, adult critical self-reflection, accommodation of children’s priorities and openness towards unexpected or challenging outcomes are discussed.