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Reflections on doing research with young children

Fasoli, L (2003). Reflections on doing research with young children. Australian Journal of Early Childhood,28(1):7-11.

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Title Reflections on doing research with young children
Author Fasoli, L
Journal Name Australian Journal of Early Childhood
Publication Date 2003
Volume Number 28
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0312-5033   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 7
End Page 11
Place of Publication Watson, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australian Early Childhood Association Inc
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Drawing on a larger critical case study, the writer uses Wenger’s (1998) communities of practice framework to reflect on some examples of research practice that involved young children. In Wenger’s framework, the research context is viewed as a set of situated social practices that are continually being negotiated by all participants. Most of these practices contain implicit and unstated assumptions about the overall purposes and expectations of the research, thus providing participants with few resources for participating in collaborative ways. As young children move into the research context, they are confronted with new ways of doing things. Being more experienced, the early childhood researcher can make research practice more transparent and assist children to participate more effectively, as collaborators rather than as subjects.
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