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ERIC Number: EJ923630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1990-3839
Using Children as Research Subjects: How to Interview a Child Aged 5 to 7 Years
Kyronlampi-Kylmanen, Taina; Maatta, Kaarina
Educational Research and Reviews, v6 n1 p87-93 Jan 2011
Traditional research focusing on children has been carried out by collecting information from the children's parents, teachers, and other adults. Information acquired from the children themselves has been considered of secondary importance. As the number of studies focusing on children has increased, it is important to consider the children themselves as research subjects. This article investigates the following areas: (1) how to encourage 5 to 7 year-old children to talk, (2) how a researcher, as an adult, can understand the child's world, and (3) how a researcher can free him/herself from the adult-centered perspective. This article clarifies the features of a method for child interviewing, and demonstrates how vividly and easily Finnish daycare children (N = 29) are able to talk about their experiences in a research interview.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland