‘Big Brother welcomes you’: exploring innovative methods for research with children and young people outside of the home and school environments

Catherine Harris, Lucy Jackson, Aneta Piekut, Gill Valentine, Lucy Mayblin

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Abstract

This article discusses some of the challenges involved in conducting research with children and young people outside of the home and school environments. We respond to the need to develop new child-centred research techniques which move beyond existing power relations among children and adults by anchoring our approach in the idea of mystery. The paper reports on research utilising a mixed-method design which includes one new technique – the Big Brother diary room. We discuss the unpredictable nature of the fieldwork, reflect on the ‘messiness’ of the research process, and critically evaluate our own research design.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-599
JournalQualitative Research
Volume15
Issue number5
Early online date22 Sept 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

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