By Frédéric Darbellay and Zoe Moody
From a transdisciplinary co-production of knowledge perspective, how can children’s capacity for reflection, analysis, curiosity, discovery and creativity be recognized? Why and how can the involvement of children in the research process be promoted by giving them a co-researcher status? Based on our experience of research on and with children, we present the main issues and potential of this type of research.
1. Research with Children
Recent developments in the fields of childhood studies and children’s rights studies highlight the benefits of carrying out research with and for children rather than about them.
Research with children is based on a horizontal model of knowledge production, that recognizes children as the real experts on what it is like to “be a child.”