ERIC Number: ED476856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
When Young People Talk to You, What Does It Mean?
From 1993 to 2000, the 12 to 18 Project followed young people through their secondary schooling in Australia. Twenty-six students at four different kinds of schools were interviewed at some length twice a year. This paper discusses the meaning of those interview responses and the tensions between reporting what young people say and determining what they mean or how to analyze the interview data. The paper discusses both the dynamics of the research act and the need to see the interview as a construction, as something situated, the production of one human subject speaking to other subjects. These tensions are illustrated through three examples from the study. The first takes one set of questions to one student in one interview. The second example takes the themes of one girl over the whole course of the project, and the third takes some extracts from interviews in the final year of the project to discuss the meanings made in the researchers interest in how educational inequalities and differences are produced. (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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