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Using creative research methods and movement to encourage reflection in children

Leigh, Jennifer (2019) Using creative research methods and movement to encourage reflection in children. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 18 (2). pp. 130-142. ISSN 1476-718X. E-ISSN 1741-2927. (doi:10.1177/1476718X19885992) (KAR id:75252)

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Reflection is a vital part of learning, and yet in early childhood research work on reflection is most commonly on that undertaken by teachers, and not children. This paper draws from a participatory study showing how creative research methods and somatic movement enabled 22 children aged 4-11 to reflect on their experiences and document their reflections, and reports findings for children aged 4-8. The aim of the research was to encourage the children to reflect deeply on their experiences, and to generate rich data. These data were used at the end of the study to stimulate discussion. The children demonstrated that they were able to reflect and articulate their experiences of the pressure to be right, the processes of journaling and drawing, and reflection itself. The study used a variety of methods including journaling, drawing, mark-making and modelling as part of regular sessions of somatic movement exploration and education over two years within the school day.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1476718X19885992
Uncontrolled keywords: creative research methods; reflection; children; journaling; embodiment; drawing
Subjects: H Social Sciences
L Education
Divisions: Divisions > Directorate of Education > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Funders: Conservatoire for Dance and Drama (
Depositing User: Jennifer Leigh
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2019 09:04 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 18:14 UTC
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