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Engaging Children in Participatory Research in Sensitive Contexts

By: Carol Mutch Published: 2017 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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Following the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes in New Zealand, I worked with five primary school communities on research to capture their earthquake stories. The aim was that we would co-design projects to create a permanent record of each school’s experience. The projects took place over several years and led to different outcomes from an illustrated book to a video documentary and a community memorial. I wanted children’s participation to be a key element, but in the nature of participatory research, I let each school choose for themselves how they wanted children to be involved. This case will use three of the school projects to illustrate the different ways in which children’s participation was framed by the adults responsible for them—from passive victims who needed protecting to ...

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