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Title: Draw(Me) and Tell : use of children’s drawings as elicitation tools to explore embodiment in the very young
Authors: Martin, Gillian M.
Keywords: Children's drawings
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Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
Citation: Martin, G. M. (2019). Draw(Me) and Tell : use of children’s drawings as elicitation tools to explore embodiment in the very young. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 18, 01-09.
Abstract: Qualitative research with children as participants is challenging on many levels—ethical, methodological, and relational. When researching the experience of children with particular bodily vulnerabilities, these issues are further amplified. This article describes a data generating tool designed to address these challenges. It was used within the context of an ethnographic study exploring relational societal processes associated with childhood obesity in Malta. This creative child-centric method uses “me” drawings as elicitation foci during informal conversations in the field where the agentic status of the child was prioritized and their role as active collaborators emphasized. Optimizing ethical symmetry was a key concern, as was emphasis on relational ethics and assent. Using the “Draw(Me) and Tell” activity positioned the child in a realistic position of power by giving them control over the data generation process, and helped address ethical issues related to agency, privacy, and sensitivity. It allowed ethical generation of qualitative data based on the children’s reflexive commentary on their own body shapes, with the aim of exploring their embodied habitus, identity, and selfhood.
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