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The storybook method: research feedback with young participants

Anderson, Kate and Balandin, Susan 2011, The storybook method: research feedback with young participants, Augmentative and alternative communication, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 279-291, doi: 10.3109/07434618.2011.630019.

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Title The storybook method: research feedback with young participants
Author(s) Anderson, KateORCID iD for Anderson, Kate
Balandin, SusanORCID iD for Balandin, Susan
Journal name Augmentative and alternative communication
Volume number 27
Issue number 4
Start page 279
End page 291
Total pages 13
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0743-4618
Keyword(s) qualitative research
augmentative and alternative communication
Communication Barriers
Communication Disorders
Disabled Children
Feedback, Psychological
Intellectual Disability
Interviews as Topic
Psychology, Child
Summary Children are valuable informants for social research; however, their participation presents additional ethical and practical challenges. Of these challenges, feedback to verify the researchers' interpretations drawn from children's data, and the dissemination of project findings to young participants, have proven difficult to overcome. In this paper, we outline the Storybook method, an approach to feedback in research with young children. In the example study, illustrations, interactive pop-ups, and third-person disclosure were used to aid children aged 7-9 years to overcome the power imbalance in interviews with adults. The Storybook method facilitated active participation in the validation process. Potential modifications of the method for use with older populations, including adults with intellectual disabilities, complex communication needs, and those requiring alternate access to written texts, are also explored.
Language eng
DOI 10.3109/07434618.2011.630019
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies In Education not elsewhere classified
2001 Communication And Media Studies
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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