In A Younger Voice: Doing Child-Centered Qualitative Research

Hardcover | November 15, 2010

byCindy Dell Clark

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Adults were once children, yet a generational gap can present itself when grown-ups seek to know children's lives, in research. In A Younger Voice discloses how qualitative research, tailored to be child-centered, can shrink the gap of generational unintelligibility. The volume invites andinstructs researchers who want to explore children's vantage points as social actors. Its suggested tool kit draws from both academic and applied research, based on the author's lifelong career as a child-centered qualitative researcher. World round, research in knowing children has grown recentlyin anthropology, sociology, geography, economics, cultural psychology and a host of applied fields. This book draws widely from the trending child-centered research movement, taking stock of methods for fulfilling its aims.In A Younger Voice provides mature researchers with a kid-savvy guide to learning effectively about, from, and with children. The highlighted methods' are steadfastly child-attuned, "thinking smaller" in order to free children to participate with empowerment. From fieldwork and observation, tofocus groups and depth interviews, to the use of photography, artwork, and metaphors, viable methods are discussed with an old-hand's acumen for making the procedures practical with children in the field. Whether an investigator is at the beginning of a project (designing from scratch procedures to involve and reveal the young) or at the final stages (conducting interpretations and analysis true to children's meanings) In A Younger Voice gives know-how for a challenging area of inquiry. Playfullyinterviewing children as young as five years old, as well as empowering teenagers to tell it like it is, are tasks revealed to be both doable and essential. For adults seeking to overcome generational-cultural myopia, these methods are invaluable.

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Adults were once children, yet a generational gap can present itself when grown-ups seek to know children's lives, in research. In A Younger Voice discloses how qualitative research, tailored to be child-centered, can shrink the gap of generational unintelligibility. The volume invites andinstructs researchers who want to explore child...

Cindy Dell Clark has written extensively about children's health, play, and cultural participation. Over a lifetime of academic and applied inquiry, Clark has worked in a playful way to know children not filtered through grown-ups' eyes, but from kids' own viewpoints. She holds a Visiting Associate Professor position in anthropology,...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction: Valuing Young Voices2. Child-Centered Inquiry: A Chronicle3. Observation and Participant Observation4. Individual Depth Interviews5. Focus Groups6. Visual Methods in Interviews7. Scissors and Kaleidoscope: Child-centered Analysis8. ConclusionSidebarsCulturally Anchored Research on ChildrenObservational Research from Apprentice to MasterIndividual Interviews from Apprentice to MasterFocus Groups from Apprentice to Master