‘I thought it would be tiny little one phrase that we said, in a huge big pile of papers': children’s reflections on their involvement in participatory research’

Annamaria Pinter, Samaneh Zandian

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Abstract

In this article, we report on a follow-up session that was organised to share findings with children about a participatory research project they had been involved in a few months earlier. This was motivated by the ethical concern that it is the children’s right to be informed about the results of the research. In the process of reflecting on the research project, however, the children diverted the researcher’s focus onto aspects of the research that mattered to them. Rather than discussing the results and the benefits of the research, the children were keen to discuss issues of representation, questioning the researcher about pseudonyms, transcribing and their role and presence in the dissertation. The follow-up session opened up a transformational space where both the child participants and the adult researchers gained new understandings about research processes and relationships. We argue that such retrospective reflection can be a beneficial tool to explore children’s post hoc interpretations about the research, while developing researcher reflexivity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-250
Number of pages26
JournalQualitative Research
Volume15
Issue number2
Early online date27 Nov 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015

Keywords

  • children
  • ethics
  • participatory research
  • representation
  • voices

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