‘What about my voice’: emancipating the voices of children with disabilities through participant-centred methods

Stafford, Lisa (2017) ‘What about my voice’: emancipating the voices of children with disabilities through participant-centred methods. Children's Geographies, . doi:10.1080/14733285.2017.1295134


Author Stafford, Lisa
Title ‘What about my voice’: emancipating the voices of children with disabilities through participant-centred methods
Journal name Children's Geographies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1473-3277
1473-3285
Publication date 2017-03-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14733285.2017.1295134
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Children with diverse physical, communication and/or cognitive impairments are often overlooked as active research participants. This paper challenges and lays bare norms and constructs, such as ableism and adultism, which lead to children with disabilities being left out or researched by-proxy. Additionally, the paper contests these constructs through discussing and presenting participant-centred research methods that seeks to enable children’s involvement and establish them as legitimate research participants. The application of these methods in children geography studies is illustrated through the author’s own use of creative methods of activity-based interviews and co-construction narration with older children with various physical/neurological impairments. Overall, the aim of the paper is to bridge some gaps, dispel assumptions and inspire researchers with additional ways of conceptualising and approaching research with children with disabilities, since the inclusion of all children in research rests with researchers and their understanding and use of appropriate research methods.
Keyword Child-centric research
Children
Complex communication needs
Disability studies
Participatory methods
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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