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Gaining Access to the Experiences of Orphaned Children A DrawWrite and Narrate Approach

Gaining Access to the Experiences of Orphaned Children A DrawWrite and Narrate Approach The purpose of this study was to gather data from orphaned learners on their lived experiences in order to gain more understanding of their educational needs. Twelve orphaned learners aged 1417 from two schools in Mpumalanga Province in South Africa participated in the study. The drawwrite and narrative approach was used to elicit information from the children. The methodological, ethical and practical issues emerging from researching orphans using this approach are discussed and illustrated using examples from the study. The article demonstrates that integrating visual, written and interview data collection methods may enable vulnerable children to open up and talk about their experiences. However, it requires the researcher to be patient, sensitive and empathetic to the circumstances of such children. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qualitative Research Journal Emerald Publishing

Gaining Access to the Experiences of Orphaned Children A DrawWrite and Narrate Approach

Qualitative Research Journal , Volume 10 (2): 14 – Aug 3, 2010

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1443-9883
DOI
10.3316/QRJ1002051
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to gather data from orphaned learners on their lived experiences in order to gain more understanding of their educational needs. Twelve orphaned learners aged 1417 from two schools in Mpumalanga Province in South Africa participated in the study. The drawwrite and narrative approach was used to elicit information from the children. The methodological, ethical and practical issues emerging from researching orphans using this approach are discussed and illustrated using examples from the study. The article demonstrates that integrating visual, written and interview data collection methods may enable vulnerable children to open up and talk about their experiences. However, it requires the researcher to be patient, sensitive and empathetic to the circumstances of such children.

Journal

Qualitative Research JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 3, 2010

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