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Children as researchers: wild things and the dialogic imagination


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Lang, M ORCID: 0000-0003-1683-319X and Shelley, B ORCID: 0000-0002-6288-592X 2021 , 'Children as researchers: wild things and the dialogic imagination' , Childhood , pp. 1-17 , doi: 10.1177/09075682211020503.

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Child-led research has arisen in response to changed perspectives on children’s rights and capabilities. However, questions remain about the implications of children participating in ways and for purposes designed by adults. This paper examines a child-led research project through the heuristic of dialogism to identify the perspectives and motivations of adults and children – the many ‘voices’ of the situation. Ontological conceptualisations of childhood, adult critical self-reflection, accommodation of children’s priorities and openness towards unexpected or challenging outcomes are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lang, M and Shelley, B
Keywords: child-led, children as researchers, dialogism, listening to children, ontology of childhood
Journal or Publication Title: Childhood
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ISSN: 0907-5682
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/09075682211020503
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