I am about to start a new research project in which I will be working with children from 5-11 years – not all at the same time.
I would be very interested to hear of people’s experience of using different qualitative research methods with young children, especially the 5-7 age group, but also 7-11. What has worked well and not so well in enabling young children to talk about their experiences of school, of home, etc? Role play, photo elicitation, child as teacher, working one-on-one or in groups, etc, etc.
I have used puppets with children in my research with children who have experienced trauma. I also provide coloring materials, clay, and a dollhouse. The younger children I have worked with (5 to around 10 years or so) responded particularly well to have something to do while discssing difficult topics (domestic violence, adult substance misuse, abuse)