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The storybook method: research feedback with young participants

journal contribution
posted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by Kate AndersonKate Anderson, Susan BalandinSusan Balandin
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.

History

Journal

Augmentative and alternative communication

Volume

27

Pagination

279-291

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

0743-4618

eISSN

1477-3848

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Issue

4

Publisher

Taylor & Francis