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ERIC Number: EJ845898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1077-8004
Exploring School Life from the Lens of a Child Who Does Not Use Speech to Communicate
Ajodhia-Andrews, Amanda; Berman, Rachel
Qualitative Inquiry, v15 n5 p931-951 2009
The "new sociology of childhood" emphasizes listening to the voices of children when conducting research about their lives. In keeping with this framework, the following case study highlights the use of inclusive strategies and the importance of the researcher's orientation in exploring the perspectives of a child who does not use speech to communicate. To gather this child's perspectives about his school life, methodological tools such as a Talking Mat and Story Board Game were used. Approximately 62 picture symbols were created, and responses were documented via digital photographs and observational field notes. Findings from the Talking Mat demonstrate two themes: (a) mixed feelings and emotions regarding school life and (b) interactive social activities. Findings from the Story Board Game support the child's responses in the Talking Mat. This study demonstrates that the child is a capable and competent participant who maintains diverse perspectives pertaining to his life at school. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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