The Playful Researchers
Eliciting children’s voices through creative and playful research methods
The Playful Researchers have been formed within UoD to draw together and capitalise upon staff expertise within early childhood and play pedagogies.
In addition to conducting broader research into concepts of play, the main focus of this group will be in developing innovative, creative and playful research methods to elicit children’s voices. This research group therefore seeks to align participatory research methods with developmentally appropriate practice in the early years.
This project currently has three strands:
- Strand One - Children’s Voices in Action in the Primary School
- Strand Two - Conceptualising Play
- Strand Three - Eliciting children’s voices through creative and playful research methods
Project lead(s)Dr Lynsey Burke
This project is in its infancy and the research surrounding it is on-going (further details and findings expected January 2023). However, after the research team’s initial engagement with the primary school, the Headteacher and class teacher involved provided the following feedback about the impact which working with The Playful Researchers had.
Nicola Wilson and Linzi Rankin, teachers at Carronshore Primary School, talked about the impact working with Lynsey and Duncan had on their professional development.
This research project is in its infancy, but seeks to uncover staff perceptions of play and to explore how children of different ages conceptualise play.
In addition to this, Dr Lynsey Burke is working a school in Clackmannanshire to support them with the development of their play pedagogy. This work will be continuing throughout 2022 – 2023, but after the first two initial sessions with the staff team, the Headteacher has provided the following feedback.
Julie McKenna, Headteacher, Redwell Primary School
Alison Given, Principal Teacher, Redwell Primary School
Staff had the following feedback for Lynsey after her first session working with the team
Emma McCole, Class Teacher, Redwell Primary School