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In A Younger VoiceDoing Child-Centered Qualitative Research$
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Cindy Dell Clark

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195376593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195376593.001.0001

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Introduction: Valuing Young Voices

Introduction: Valuing Young Voices

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(p.3) 1 Introduction: Valuing Young Voices
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In A Younger Voice
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Cindy Dell Clark

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195376593.003.0001

Whether to build theories or effective policies, qualitative methods centered on children’s vantage points will likely open a way to fascinating, and paramount, perspectives. A generational gap between adults and kids, by which adults tend to be disconnected from or dismissing of children, can be addressed through child-centered inquiry. In American society, there is a pattern of adult bias towards children, viewing childhood as utopic, vulnerable, and transformable. But children are not so idealized or stereotyped from a child’s standpoint. Children are complex inhabitants of nuanced social worlds, even if those worlds are prone to diverge from adult suppositions. Researchers are wise to empower children as informants, to allow for them to be better understood on their own terms.

Keywords:   generational gap, bias, child informants, child-centered, childhood utopia, children’s perspectives

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