In recent years there has been an increase in participatory research practices with children, reflecting recognition of the importance of centring their knowledge and experiences in the research process. This approach democratises research and works towards addressing the power imbalance between ‘the researcher and the researched'. This session will discuss different approaches to involve children in the research process, to ensure research reflects their knowledge, perspectives and experiences.
Sarah McGeown University of Edinburgh will share details from two research projects: Growing up a Reader and Love to Read, describing different approaches to involve children in research to ensure it reflects and draws upon their classroom experiences and perspectives. She will share her reflections and experiences from both projects, discussing methodological and ethical considerations.
Julie Wiggins CRC Practitioner Research Award Recipient will discuss the findings and her experiences of her research project with children '‘What are the experiences and perceptions of girls with an autism spectrum disorder in primary education, including the level of support they receive?’.
Samantha Palmeria CRC Practitioner Research Award Recipient will discuss the findings and her experiences of her research project with children in school ‘What are Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities perceptions on teachers’ expectations and attitudes and if these influence learning?
Dr Victoria Cooper will discuss the Children's Research Centre Practitioner Award Programme and its impact
The Children's Research Centre at The Open University supports research with, about and led by children and young people. We respect and value the views of children and young people. We seek ways to support greater levels of child and youth engagement and the opportunity for children and young people to have a voice.