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ERIC Number: EJ907792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0034-5237
Pupil Researchers Generation X: Educating Pupils as Active Participants--An Investigation into Gathering Sensitive Information from Early Adolescents
Symonds, Jenny E.
Research in Education, v80 n1 p63-74 Nov 2008
Developmentally appropriate research techniques were uncovered by involving ten Year 7 pupils as researchers in a four-hour workshop that investigated the effectiveness of multiple methods in gathering sensitive information from early adolescents. The pupils learned about, tried and evaluated the methods of generating interview questions, peer and self interview, stimulated video recall, projective tests and social and geographic mapping. Their anticipations and evaluations of using the methods revealed that authentic responses were most likely to occur when pupils were familiar with the researcher, the research purposes, the interview questions and the method of responding. Restrictions on authentic responses were anxiety, pressure to respond, fabricating information and generating simplistic answers and questions. By educating participants about research and response techniques, their communication and reflectivity, autonomy and responsibility for data validity should be improved. It is suggested that schools and teachers can provide developmentally appropriate research techniques for early adolescents by increasing the "activeness" of their participation. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)