Using methods across generations: Researcher reflections from a research project involving young people and their parents

LUCY BRAY, BERNIE CARTER, CATHERINE WILKINSON

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Abstract

In more recent years in geographical research there has been a trend towards ‘child-friendly’ or ‘young people-friendly’ research methods, often involving creativity and participation. Meanwhile, traditional methods such as interviews and focus groups continue to dominate research with adult participants. This paper draws and reflects on fieldnotes documented during a study which used participatory design workshops with activity-based methods to contemporaneously, but separately, engage with young people with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) and their parents. This paper contributes to the body of literature concerned with intergenerational practice in children’s geographies and geographical work more broadly. It does so not by focusing on intergenerational perspectives of the research topic, but by teasing our intergenerational engagement in research that used the same methods across generations (with young people and their parents). Finding that the activities were engaged with in a similar depth and commitment by participants, we argue for a loosening of the artificial packaging of young people-friendly and adult oriented methods.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChildren's Geographies
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 25 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • young people
  • scoliosis
  • creative methods

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