Power, positionality and practicality: Carrying out fieldwork with children.
Barker, J., & Smith, F. (2001). Power, positionality and practicality: Carrying out fieldwork with children. Ethics, Place & Environment: A Journal of Philosophy & Geography, 4(2). pp. 142-147.
Abstract: In this paper we provide a reflexive account of fieldwork in out of school clubs in a range of localities across England and Wales. By reflecting upon our personal experiences of researching with children aged between 5 and 12 years, we examine the impact of the positionality of the researcher on the research encounter, and highlight the ways in which relationships between adult researchers and child subjects are gendered. Finally, we identify a number of issues for researchers to consider when working with children in the field. (Abstract © Taylor & Francis, reprinted by special permission from Taylor & Francis Group, a division of Informa UK, http://www.tandf.co.uk).