Methodological issues for qualitative research with learning disabled children

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This paper discusses key methodological issues for qualitative research with learning disabled children, based on the author's experience of involving learning disabled children in her doctoral study. The study was founded on the social model of disability and a sociological understanding of childhood that recognizes the abilities of disabled children as competent research participants. Issues that arose throughout the research process, from the early stages of gaining access to children, to communication challenges for interviewing learning disabled children, and the analysis and dissemination of data, are discussed. Within this context, this paper explores key methodological issues for researchers with regard to interviewing learning disabled children and actively involving them in qualitative research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-35
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Social Research Methodology
Volume10 (1)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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