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Parents as Researchers: Collaborative Ethnography with Parents

Hackett, AC (2016) Parents as Researchers: Collaborative Ethnography with Parents. Qualitative Research. ISSN 1741-3109 (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper describes a series of studies of young children’s experience of place in which parents acted as co-researchers, collecting and analysing data. This approach to research resulted in an emphasis on sensory engagement and embodied experience, for both adults and children. As my own young daughter accompanied me during this research, the boundaries between parent and researcher were further blurred. As research progressed, parents became increasingly critical of pathologising discourses about parenting, and stated more strongly the expertise they possessed in their own children. Collaborative research with parents opened up new possibilities for understanding the perspectives of very young children, by drawing on the expertise parents have.

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