Nonviolent Research Methods: Uncovering New Ways of Researching with Children
In an effort to explore ideas of potentially nonviolent research methods, this presentation examines the processes and practices in two of our own projects. One, a SSHRC-funded study looking at children’s understanding and experience of their own mobility; and the second, a pilot project testing out arts-based methods of data collection and analysis. We found that by emphasizing research as a social relationship reframed the research processes so that we engaged with adult-child power dynamics in less violent ways. However, along lines suggested by Punch (2002) and Hill (2005), and contrary to some of the literature existing on adapting research to be appropriate for children, we uncovered other means to share power and space, and creatively engage in research with children. Critiquing some of these “child-friendly” methods, we point towards the strengthening effects cultivating reflective space with children has on designing research, involving young people, and investigating children’s experiences and issues of childhood.