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Children as researchers: wild things and the dialogic imagination


Lang, M and Shelley, B, Children as researchers: wild things and the dialogic imagination, Childhood, 28, (3) pp. 427-443. ISSN 0907-5682 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/09075682211020503


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.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:child-led, children as researchers, dialogism, listening to children, ontology of childhood
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education policy, sociology and philosophy
Research Field:Sociology of education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lang, M (Ms Megan Lang)
UTAS Author:Shelley, B (Dr Becky Shelley)
ID Code:144147
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment
Deposited On:2021-04-26
Last Modified:2022-08-29
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