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In A Younger VoiceDoing Child-Centered Qualitative Research$
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Cindy Dell Clark

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195376593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195376593.001.0001

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Observation and Participant Observation

Observation and Participant Observation

(p.40) 3 Observation and Participant Observation
In A Younger Voice

Cindy Dell Clark

Oxford University Press

Participant observation is one of the sorts of observation discussed, with an emphasis on foregrounding children’s experience. Observation shares with methods of discourse analysis a way to vividly reframe a subject matter in more child-relevant terms. Often the results are unexpected and enlightening, for example, giving a better understanding of youthful social practices. Other observational forms are direct observation, unobtrusive observation, and contrived observation such as videotaping. The reality of doing child-centered participant observation raises challenges. The participant-observer must be socially adept, open, reflexive, tolerant of ambiguity, and able to sustain unrelenting effort. Issues of adult-child interplay are germane to child-centered participant observation. Such issues include: 1) the sort of role a researcher takes; 2) a need to avoid deference towards the adult by children, through a dialogical process of give and take.

Keywords:   direct observation, participant observation, unobtrusive observation, contrived observation, fieldwork, adult-child roles

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