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The Impact of the School Space on Research Methodology, Child Participation and Safety: views form children in Zanzibar. Children’s Geographies, July (2017)

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Author(s): Fay, Franziska
Year of publication: 2017

Abstract: This paper discusses the impact of school environments as research spaces on participatory research methods, children’s agency and safety. The article draws on 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork on children’s perceptions of protection programmes in state and Qur’anic schools in Zanzibar Town. Working with ‘draw & write’ and photovoice approaches disclosed issues with children’s safety in schools and highlighted limitations of participatory research in educational spaces. Drawing on Zanzibari children’s perspectives, I suggest that to improve fragile theoretical ideals about children’s participation in participatory approaches in educational settings, research processes need cultural sensitization and conceptualization in relation to the intersecting notions of place and personhood. This, as the paper shows, needs to guide and can help develop a respectful understanding of children’s lives. This paper contributes to discussions on childhood research ethics and constructions of ‘safe research spaces’.

Keywords: schools, participation, safe spaces, child protection, personhood, Zanzibar

Subject(s): ethnology

Full text: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14733285.2017.1344770

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