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But What if They Don’t Ask the Right Questions? Problems of Power and Control in Researching with Children

Solvason, Carla ORCID: and Cliffe, J. (2019) But What if They Don’t Ask the Right Questions? Problems of Power and Control in Researching with Children. TACTYC Reflections.

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In previous work we discussed ‘voice’ in collaborative research (Solvason, Cliffe and Snowden, 2017) looking at how ideas of power and ownership are negotiated and an authentic voice found. Here we move into the even more complex arena of collaborative research with children. Following the United Nations Rights of the Child (1989) adults woke up to the fact that children are entitled to present their own view about their lives; but we argue that despite a proliferation of research projects focusing on ‘the child’s voice’ (for example Bateman, 2017, Flückiger, Dunn and Stinson, 2018) we rarely see young children’s views at all. Instead we see children's thoughts produced within prescribed parameters and filtered through the lens of adults. Although we may get somewhere near listening to and understanding young children’s interpretations of their experience, the adult and child context remain worlds apart and ‘true’ meaning remains perspectival and lost in translation.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: research, children, children's voices, research with children, early years, primary school children, power, policy, control
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Depositing User: Carla Solvason
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2019 09:54
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:28

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