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Life-history research with children: Extending and enriching the approach

Hargreaves, E; (2021) Life-history research with children: Extending and enriching the approach. Children & Society (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores the life-history research approach, outlining its key aims and traditions. It suggests that what is often missing from life-history research is the inclusion of young children as life-history participants. This paper considers some innovative means for constructing children's life-histories across 5 years of their primary schooling in Britain. These include interviews based on activities, games, role-play, pictures and filming, and photography. The article concludes by narrating a short life-history of one child who is a participant in our life-history study of 23 ‘lower-attaining’ children. To close, I consider the critical role of life-history research in highlighting social injustice.

Type: Article
Title: Life-history research with children: Extending and enriching the approach
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12528
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Authors. Children & Society published by National Children's Bureau and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: joys and suffering, life-history, lower-attaining children, Nancy Fraser, subjective
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10140426
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