So round the spiral again: a reflective participatory research project with children and young people

O'Brien, Niamh and Moules, Tina (2007) So round the spiral again: a reflective participatory research project with children and young people. Educational Action Research. ISSN 0965-0792

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Abstract

Historically the voices of children in research have been silent. They are often seen as victims or beneficiaries of research rather than co-researchers or partners. This is beginning to change with rowing awareness that involving children in the design, delivery and evaluation of services can make services more accessible to them and their peers. This article reviews the processes involved n a research project commissioned by Children’s Fund, which investigated the use and non-use of services within a local area. The involvement of children was paramount and resulted in the recruitment f nine young researchers between the ages of 7–13. Various cycles of participatory action research evolved throughout the project and this article focuses specifically on two—recruiting the researcher and training young researchers. We consider the cycles of reflection and action crucial to any participatory project and discuss how lessons were learned to inform further stages of the process. Themes such as challenges, power and participation are discussed throughout.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: O'Brien, N. and Moules, T., 2007. So round the spiral again: a reflective participatory research project with children and young people. Educational Action Research, 15(3), pp.385-402..
Faculty: Faculty of Health and Social Care (for research published prior to September 2011)
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2010 14:54
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:48
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/115802

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