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ERIC Number: EJ1069103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1743-727X
Towards an Adolescent Friendly Methodology: Accessing the Authentic through Collective Reflection
Keeffe, Mary; Andrews, Dorothy
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, v38 n4 p357-370 2015
The re-emergence of student voice presents a challenge to schools and researchers to become more responsive to the voice of adolescents in education and in research. However, the poor articulation of the nature of student voice to date is confirmation of the complex and important nature of the personal advocacy and human agency that is involved in all student voice activities. This lack of clarity leads to interpretations of student voice that range in authenticity from token to active and meaningful (Hart, R. 1997. "Children's Participation: The Theory and Practice of Involving Young Citizens in Community Development and Environmental Care." Earthscan Publications. London: UNICEF). Researchers who are guided by more traditional methodologies may implement methods that are appropriate for adults yet are not sensitive to the needs and interests of the young person whose perspectives are usually the focus of the research. This research found that while an advocacy and empowerment worldview supports student voice research, adolescents also prefer a methodology that is agentic, socially based, reflective and embodied (Dempster, N., A. Lizzio, M. Keeffe, J. Skinner, and D. Andrews. 2010. "The Contributions of Research Design and Process Facilitation in Accessing Adolescent views of Leadership." "Leading and Managing" 16 [2]: 77-89). Adolescent perspectives on research processes and methods are valuable in helping researchers to choose more responsive approaches to sharing understandings with adolescents, so that research designs may be challenging, meaningful and rewarding for all participants.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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