Research with young children: exploring the methodological advantages and challenges of using hand puppets and draw and tell.
Item Type:Journal Article
Citation:Coyne I, Mallon D & Chubb E , Research with young children: exploring the methodological advantages and challenges of using hand puppets and draw and tell., Children & Society, 35, 5, 2021, 813 - 830
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This paper explores the methodological advantages and challenges of participatory tools used in research with young children in Ireland. Taking a child‐centred approach, hand puppets and ‘draw and tell’ helped elicit children's expressions and meanings. Both techniques assisted in shifting the power balance between children and researchers, encouraged dialogue, created a fun atmosphere and promoted children's participation. When children are given the space, opportunity and means, and with skilled facilitation, they can clearly share their perspectives and meanings. It is important that researchers and practitioners use techniques that will facilitate and maximise young children's competencies, agency and preferences.
Department of Health and Children, Ireland
Published September 2021
Author: Coyne, Imelda
Type of material:Journal Article
Series/Report no:Children & Society
Availability:Full text available
Keywords:Children, Drawings, Early years, Participation, Puppets
Subject (TCD):Creative Arts Practice , CHILDRENS BELIEFS , Child welfare, family support,children in care , Children's Consultation and Participation