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ERIC Number: EJ922717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Doll Tales: Foregrounding Children's Voices in Research
Jesuvadian, Mercy Karuniah; Wright, Susan
Early Child Development and Care, v181 n3 p277-285 2011
This paper discusses how the use of Persona dolls in research is an effective means of enabling children (ages 4-6) to share life experiences openly. It investigated the place of race in the peer choice of preschool children. Two key research questions drove the inquiry: (1) Do four- to six-year-old children know their own racial identity? (2) Do four- to six-year-old children choose friends based on racial characteristics? Semi-structured interviews using Persona dolls were conducted, with the dolls acting as conduits through which the children engaged in conversations with the researcher. Findings revealed that children were aware of stereotypes and discrimination. One minority child showed deep empathy with the posed dilemma of a dark skinned Persona doll and her inability to establish friendships. Implications are shared with regard to the significance of Persona dolls, play and life stories in presenting the views of young children. (Contains 3 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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