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Using methods across generations: researcher reflections from a research project involving young people and their parents

Wilkinson, C, Carter, B, Satchwell, C and Bray, L (2021) Using methods across generations: researcher reflections from a research project involving young people and their parents. Children's Geographies. ISSN 1473-3285

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Abstract

In more recent years in geographical research there has been a trend towards ‘child-friendly’ or ‘young people-friendly’ research methods, often involving creativity and participation. Meanwhile, traditional methods such as interviews and focus groups continue to dominate research with adult participants. This paper draws and reflects on fieldnotes documented during a study which used participatory design workshops with activity-based methods to contemporaneously, but separately, engage with young people with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) and their parents. This paper contributes to the body of literature concerned with intergenerational practice in children’s geographies and geographical work more broadly. It does so not by focusing on intergenerational perspectives of the research topic, but by teasing out intergenerational engagement in research that used the same methods across generations (with young people and their parents). Finding that the activities were engaged with in a similar depth and commitment by participants, we argue for a loosening of the artificial packaging of young people-friendly and adult oriented methods.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1205 Urban and Regional Planning, 1604 Human Geography, 1607 Social Work
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2021 11:07
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2021 11:15
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/14733285.2021.1951168
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15274

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