Methodological aspects of collecting data from children: lessons from three research projects


Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, London University, 18 Woburn Square, London, WC1 0NS


This paper considers some methodological aspects of collecting data from children drawing on three empirical studies carried out in home and school settings using qualitative methods. The paper begins with an overview of methodological issues before briefly describing the three studies and the range of methods used. Then it examines the merits and limitations of these methods including participant observation, small group discussions, interviews and structured activities. Finally, some concluding remarks are made about the appropriateness and effectiveness of these methods.