International Innovative Methods for Engaging Young Children in Research

Victoria Johnson, Roger Hart, Jennifer Colwell

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This paper offers a conceptualization of the types of methods that are suitable for use with young children and a framework of six steps for engaging young children in research. This framework, and a compendium of creative methods, was built through collaboration with a team of international researchers funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation (Johnson, Hart, & Colwell, 2014a and b). The framework addresses key issues facing researchers wishing to engage young children in research processes and offers ways to overcome some of the challenges researchers may face. A selection of case studies is offered to show how experts working from a wide range of international contexts have worked with children. Examples have been selected for their particular relevance to geographers working with children.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethodological Approaches
EditorsRuth Evans, Louise Holt, Tracey Skelton
Place of PublicationUK
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9789814585897
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameGeographies of Children and Young People


  • Voice
  • Rights
  • Participation
  • Research methods
  • Young children


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