ERIC Number: ED434726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
To Understand Children's Thinking: Methods for Interviewing Children. Reports from Department of Methodology, University of Goteborg, No. 5.
Doverborg, Elisabet; Pramling, Ingrid
Noting that interviews with preschool children can yield invaluable information regarding children's thinking and knowledge, this book presents information for preschool and primary school practitioners on an extension of Piaget's clinical interview method and provides examples of the process, analysis, and conclusions from interviews with young children. The book begins with a rationale for conducting interviews with children, notes that interviews can result in insights regarding children's perspectives on learning and their comprehension of the surrounding world, and suggests ways adults can use such insights in instruction. The book continues with detailed information on conducting interviews, including practical arrangements, using of group or individual interviews, questioning techniques, following up a question, and being an active conversation partner. Information and examples are presented regarding interpreting children's interviews, including information on reliability. The use of information obtained from children's interviews for evaluation planning and parental involvement is illustrated. The book also provides tips on using available time for conducting interviews. The book concludes with a discussion of children's interviews within a wider perspective and considers the potential clash between scientific thinking patterns developed at school and everyday thinking, children's spontaneous questions, the teacher's role, and cooperation between the preschools and other practitioners. Contains 37 references. (KB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Goteborg Univ., Molndol (Sweden). Dept. of Methodology.