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Wild Things: Children as Researchers


Shelley, B and Lang, M, Wild Things: Children as Researchers, Centre for Children's Rights Seminar Series 2021/22, 13 October, online (2021) [Plenary Presentation]

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In spite of excellent examples of child-led research, questions remain about the implications for childhood studies of children’s participation in what are often adult-designed research activities. In exploring the intertwined and chaotic nature of the social world that is child-led research, this paper will present some key concepts from the dialogic imagination of Mikhail Bakhtin. These concepts serve as a heuristic for examining ‘Tassie Researchers’, a 5-day children-as-researchers program conducted in a school in Australia. Experiences and observations of the program are unpacked and the different voices of the situation highlighted. This is followed by a discussion of findings and implications.

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Item Type:Plenary Presentation
Keywords:child-led, children as researchers, listening to children, dialogism, ontology of childhood
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education policy, sociology and philosophy
Research Field:Education policy, sociology and philosophy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Shelley, B (Dr Becky Shelley)
UTAS Author:Lang, M (Ms Megan Lang)
ID Code:147326
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment
Deposited On:2021-10-26
Last Modified:2021-10-27

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