Interactive and Child-Centred Research Methods for Investigating Efficacious Agency of Children

Interactive and Child-Centred Research Methods for Investigating Efficacious Agency of Children

Author(s): Pirkko Hyvönena (pirkko.hyvonen@oulu.fi), Eeva-Liisa Kronqvistb, Sanna Järveläa, Elina Määttäa, Arttu Mykkänena, & Kristiina Kurkia

Source: Journal of Early Childhood Education Research; Vol 3(1), p. 82-107.

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Abstract: Children need support to strengthen their efficacious agency, which, in turn, in-creases their well-being and learning capabilities. Efficacious agency includes the idea of chil-dren’s active participation, and in research, it is necessary to develop multiple methods for a child-centered approach for examining it. In this article, we present two case studies of chil-dren’s (aged 6 to 10) perceptions of success. The first is comprised of stimulated recall inter-views and a video observation, and the second uses children’s photographs as triggers for elici-tation interviews. We aim at showing that interactive and child-centered methods in authentic environments can overcome current challenges in studying children, and can produce deeper knowledge about children’s efficacious agency in learning contexts.

Author-Supplied Keywords: Efficacious agency, self-regulated learning, child-centred research methods, formal and informal contexts

ISSN: 2323-7414

ISSN-L: 2323-7414 online

Authors Affiliations: aDepartment of educational sciences and teacher education, Learning and educational technology research unit (LET), University of Oulu, Finland, bDepartment of educational sciences and teacher education, Early childhood education, University of Oulu, Finland