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Power & Voice in Research with Children


Lourdes Diaz Soto and Beth Blue Swadener

This volume critically examines issues of power and voice in research with children. Chapters focus on the relationship between researchers and children and explore how to more adequately represent the complexities, multiple perspectives, and understandings that emerge when the research process more fully includes children and youth. Contributors explore issues of imposition and power that are inherent in traditional research and even more problematic with children. Authors document how children’s voices can guide us in learning about research methodologies, theories, and praxis, as well as about issues of race, identity, class, linguistic diversity and gender within larger postcolonial contexts and research traditions.
Contents: Joe L. Kincheloe: Foreword – Lourdes Diaz Soto/Beth Blue Swadener: Introduction – Lourdes Diaz Soto: Children Make the Best Theorists – Janette Habashi: Freedom Speaks – Jennifer Jipson/Janice Jipson: Confidence Intervals: Doing Research with Young Children – Elizabeth Graue/Margaret Hawkins: Relations, Refractions, and Reflections in Research with Children – Brian Edmiston: Coming Home to Research – Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: 4Rs = Bein’ Real – Yu-Chi Sun: Listening to the Voices of Chinese Immigrant Girls – Mindy Blaise: Performing Femininities through Gender Discourses – Susan Matoba Adler: Asian-American Children Developing Voice – Aggelos Hatzinikolaou/Soula Mitakidou: Roma Children: Building «Bridges» – Beth Blue Swadener: Kenyan Street Children Speak through Their Art – Lourdes Diaz Soto/Juliana Lasta: Bilingual Border-Crossing Children’s Ideological Becoming – Min Hong/Celia Genishi: Voices of English Language Learners – Carmen Martínez-Roldán: Bilingual Children in Literature Discussions – Cathy Guitierrez-Gomez: Children’s Retelling – Carmen Medina/Kelly Bradburry/Susan Pearson: Los Poetas – Eric Malewski: Epilogue: When Children and Youth Talk Back: Precocious Research Practices and the Cleverest Voices.