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Mixing qualitative research methods in children's geographies

Hemming, Peter J. 2008. Mixing qualitative research methods in children's geographies. Area 40 (2) , pp. 152-162. 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2008.00798.x

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Human geographers are increasingly employing mixed-method approaches in their research, including in children's geographies, where ‘child-centred’ methods are often used alongside participant observation and semi-structured interviews to investigate children's perceptions and experiences. Mixing qualitative methods in this way raises a number of ethical and methodological issues, particularly regarding the changing power relationships between researchers and participants. This article considers the challenges and potential benefits of combining methods from participatory and interpretive approaches through triangulation or ‘crystallisation’. The issues are illustrated through an empirical case study on children, health and exercise in the everyday spaces of the primary school.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Uncontrolled Keywords: qualitative; mixed-method; children; research; triangulation; United Kingdom
Publisher: Royal Geographical Society
ISSN: 0004-0894
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 01:53

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