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ERIC Number: EJ932635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1743-727X
Researching Sensitive Issues: A Critical Appraisal of "Draw-and-Write" as a Data Collection Technique in Eliciting Children's Perceptions
Sewell, Keira
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, v34 n2 p175-191 2011
The draw-and-write technique for collecting data relating to both adult and children's perceptions of their world is receiving increasing attention as one which has status within the field of visual methods. This paper appraises the draw-and-write method and reflects on the methodological lessons learned by using the technique in two studies conducted in England which aimed to elicit children's perceptions of sensitive issues: transition from primary to secondary school and the management of bully/victim problems. The paper concludes that this method can be valuable in eliciting children's perceptions and emotions, in building rapport and in promoting inclusive and participatory research. However, it also argues that using this method presents a number of challenges, namely analysis of data and ethical approaches, particularly with regard to the participants' right to withdraw. It concludes that it is difficult for this method to stand in isolation and that the role of drawings as both process and product means that the construction and interpretation of images may result in a within-study shift between poststructuralist and semiotic paradigms which requires researchers to adopt accompanying methods, such as interviews, which will acknowledge this shift and enable participant voice to be fully explored. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)