Problematics in young people as researchers: Visions and voices

Atweh, Bill & Bland, Derek C. (2004) Problematics in young people as researchers: Visions and voices. In Bailey, C., Cabrera, D., & Buys, L. (Eds.) Social Change in the 21st Century, 29 October, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD.


While during the past twenty years working with young people has witnessed the rise of a movement involving young people in the planning and conduct of formal and genuine research activities, the methodology is still under-theorised and under-utilised. In a previous publication (Bland & Atweh, 2003), we discussed some theoretical foundations for the involvement of students in meaningful educational research based on critical theory and its later developments in the writings of Habermas. In this paper, we will discuss in detail the question of “voice‿ arising from collaborative projects with young people. We will refect on our experiences from one specific collaborative project with high school students that has been going on at the Queensland University of Technology for the past 12 years. The first section of the paper will provide the vision behind collaborative research projects with young people, concentrating on those conducted in educational settings. This will be followed by a short description of the Student Action Research for University Access (SARUA) project involving staff of the Faculty of Education and numerous high school students and their teachers in metropolitan Brisbane. The third section will problematise the question of “voice‿ as we struggled with this concept in the planning and conduct of this project.

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ID Code: 629
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: young people as researchers, student researchers, SARUA project, collaborative research, Bill Atweh, student voice
ISBN: 1741070813
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Bill Atweh and Derek C. Bland
Deposited On: 21 Dec 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:06

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