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ERIC Number: ED454241
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 11
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Casting My Own Shadow: Issues and Questions for Researchers Shadowing the Very Young.
Lit, Ira W.
A researcher examined his experiences shadowing young children as they participated in a voluntary transfer and desegregation program that allowed their parents to choose to send them to schools outside their home district. This paper describes the practice of shadowing and discusses some of the issues involved in this technique. There are three areas in which the shadowing approach has been especially complicated by the age and developmental levels of these subjects, who were in kindergarten at the time of the study. The first is the complicated area of relationships, between the researcher and the student, among students, and with adults. The second area of concern is that of roles, the multiple roles the researcher is required to play at the research site. The final area is the issue of the researcher's influence on the research subjects. Anyone thinking about using this research method with young children should give careful attention to these three issues. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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