Innovative qualitative research methods with children aged 4-7 years

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Abstract

There is a growing body of knowledge that uses innovative qualitative methods to support and facilitate the involvement of young children, aged 7 years and under, in the research process. Across several fields of study the recent growth in research that engages with young children stands in sharp contrast with the situation just a few years ago where there was a dearth of activity and knowledge in this area. Designed to seek their views, experiences and perspectives the range of methods is now burgeoning. This chapter explores reasons for the growth in the use of innovative qualitative methods, the underlying principles through which the engagement of young children has been achieved and the different types of method with detailed case examples. For each method the main critical issues regarding their effectiveness are identified and discussed in further detail. The latter sections of the chapter focus on contemporary issues regarding the use of innovative methods. Highlighted, in particular, are some of the common concerns and criticisms with regards to the trustworthiness, reliability, validity and generalizability of the data that is collated using innovative qualitative methods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research Methods in Early Childhood Education
EditorsOlivia N. Saracho
PublisherInformation Age Publishing
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9781623966133
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

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