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CRC Projects

The CRC works with schools, youth organisations and charities on a variety of collaborative projects nationally and internationally.

Current projects:

  • Young Curiosities: Jane Payler worked with Natalie Canning and Karen Horsley on a study involving PACEY and YMCA Fairthorne that explored how early years practitioners could use the Our Story app to support and document young children in ‘finding out’ about things of interest to them.
  • Signing Young Researchers: Kieron Sheehy and Chae-Young Kim are working with Signalong and a school for children with learning difficulties to develop an inclusive pedagogy and new signs to enable the young people to engage in their own research.
  • Geographic Inquiry: Victoria Cooper and Trevor Collins are working with the Field Studies Council to develop a range of resources to support young people with carrying out social science research as part of their Geography GCSE, A Level and International Baccalaureate fieldwork.
  • Researchers have feelings: Cindy Kerawalla and David Messer are investigating young researchers’ perspectives on what it feels like to do their own social research (from the highs to the lows on the research roller coaster) with a view to understanding whether this first-hand experience can help young people to better understand the rich experience of being a researcher.
  • What does it take to be a researcher?: Cindy kerawalla and David Messer are working with young researchers in order to ascertain their understandings of the personal characteristics required to be a researcher. We ask whether this first-hand experience might put young people in a good position to decide whether future research careers are for them.
  • Brighton Rocks: Liz Chamberlain is working with a primary school in Brighton to engage young researchers from disadvantaged social backgrounds to explore their home and out of school lives with the aim of listening to children's construction of their experiences and their preferred ways of representing the intersection of both domains.
  • Multimodal Approaches: Alison Twiner's research interests include exploring the multimodality of learning interactions, and how young people plan and spontaneously draw on different modes of communication to resource their meaning-making activities.
  • MyShout!: Cindy Kerawalla has developed a website to support young researchers’ self-directed learning about research process and research methods. MyShout! has been used successfully by around 40 young researchers and is currently being updated with new materials.
  • Developing Children as Researchers: A practical guide to help children conduct social research. Chae-Young Kim with Kieron Sheehy and Cindy Kerawalla has developed a practical guidebook that gives teachers - and other adults who work with children - a set of structured session plans to facilitate children to conduct social science research. The book will be published with Routledge in 2016.
  • Participation and translation: Victoria Cooper is currently exploring and evaluating both the benefits and limitations to participatory visual research carried out by young children and how issues of power and representation, endemic to social research, potentially renders children’s views and experiences lost during translation.
  • Streets Ahead: Cindy Kerawalla worked with a group of Girl Guides to develop a new national badge that requires Guides to carry out a small community research project. To date, the badge has been awarded to more than 10,000 Girl Guides across the UK.