Catherine Harris, Lucy Jackson, Lucy Mayblin, Aneta Piekut, Gill Valentine.
“Big Brother Welcomes You”: Exploring Innovative Methods for Research with Children and Young People outside of the Home and School Environments
Qualitative Research, Vol. 15(5) | pages: 583-599
This article discusses some of the challenges involved in conducting research with children and
young people outside of the home and school environments. We respond to the need to develop
new child-centred research techniques which move beyond existing power relations among
children and adults by anchoring our approach in the idea of mystery. The paper reports on
research utilising a mixed-method design which includes one new technique – the Big Brother
diary room. We discuss the unpredictable nature of the fieldwork, reflect on the ‘messiness’ of
the research process, and critically evaluate our own research design.
children-centred research, children and young people, mixed-methods, reflexivity