Research Forum for the Child
Queen's University Belfast
School of Education
69/71 University Street
Tel: +44 (0) 28 90975961
Fax: +44 (0) 28 90975066
Director: Prof Laura Lundy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Update May 2010
On the 10th May, the Qualitative and Creative Inquiry SIG held a lunchtime workshop facilitated by Carrie Mitchell (PhD student: Education). This workshop was attended by 10 members of the SIG from Psychology, Sociology, ICCR, Anthropology and Education and is the first in a series where doctoral students who are using creative methods with children and young people come to share their experiences and issues of using creative methods with children. This workshop told of Carrie’s recent fieldwork in Mugu, in North-West Nepal and was entitled Understanding girls and education in rural Nepal: an exploratory discussion on the ethics and dilemmas of doing intercultural narrative research. She demonstrated how she had used, instead of the standard focus group methodology, deuda which is their customary way of debating issues such as education. She progressed to explore the narratives of three of her young women with the group members. The presentation was colourful and fascinating and provided a real insight into the experience of girls in Mugu and the challenges faced in analysing and representing their experiences of education in the final work.
Further lunchtime workshops will be advertised soon.
The first of the Research Forum postgraduate training days on the 14th April on Interviews and Focus Groups with Children and Young People was attended by 16 participants from across various disciplines. It was a very practical hands-on experience which encouraged participants to be practical and creative in their use of interview and focus group skills. Digital recordings of fieldwork experiences were discussed followed by students engaging in role play and listening exercises in order to really consider some of the key issues involved in engaging children and young people ethically and appropriately. The second workshop on Creatively Researching with Children and Young People follows on 14th May and will consider how to introduce arts-based methods.
Update April 2010
On 10 May 2010 Carrie Mitchell (PhD student in the School of Education) will be taking a lunchtime workshop on the subject of 'Understanding girls and education in rural Nepal: an exploratory discussion on the ethics and dilemmas of doing intercultural narrative research' from 12.30-2.30 (lunch included) in room C2K in the School of Education, 69 University Street. For further information and to book a place, please contact Dr Ruth Leitch.
Update March 2010
Three postgraduate training days are presently on offer (via the Postgraduate Skills Training Programme) under the aegis of Research Forum for the Child and the Research Methods SIG.
On 14 April 2010 the SIG will hold a postgraduate training course entitled: 'Conducting Research Interviews and Focus Groups with Children and Young People'. The aim of this course is to provide interviewer training for those conducting interviews or focus groups with children. Places are limited so if you are interested in attending please book a place using the Postgraduate Skills Training Programme, (email@example.com). (please note that this is now FULL)
On 14 May 2010 a training course entitled 'Creatively Researching with Children and Young People’ will take place from 10.00am to 4.15pm in the Postgraduate Training Centre, 18 College Green. The aim of this course is to introduce participants to the value and purposes of creative methodologies, focusing particularly on the use of visual research methods with children and young people. To book a place please do so via the Postgraduate Skills Training Programme, (firstname.lastname@example.org).
On 17 May 2010 Madeleine Leonard will run a postgraduate training course for the SIG entitled ‘Research Methods with Children and Young People’ in the Peter Froggatt Centre, Room 305. This will outline a range of research methods and include a discussion on ethics in research with children. Again please book via the Postgraduate Skills Training Programme, (email@example.com). (please note that this is now FULL).
Also on 30 March 2010 (**change of date**) Professor Mary Kellett, Director of the Childhood and Youth Programme and of the Children's Research Centre, Open University, is hosting a seminar entitled 'It's our childhood, start with us! The role of children as researchers in contemporary society'. For further information please click here.