Taking note: engaging students as co-researchers

Kristin Elaine Reimer, Lorna R McLean

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Research in schools, conducted with students as participants, often attempts to understand the student experience. Yet, by crafting the study through adult eyes, researchers run the risk of limiting and influencing what students tell us (Dockrell, Lewis Lindsay, 2000). This article explores what happens when university researchers intentionally engage with students as co-researchers, an engagement that affects both the product and the process of research. As product, the research community gains a crucial layer of perspective in understanding the complexities of school; as process, the research becomes an important pedagogical tool for students, validating their roles as researchers of their own realities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-92
Number of pages25
JournalRadical Pedagogy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • collaborative inquiry
  • pedagogy
  • qualitative research
  • education
  • co-researchers
  • restorative approaches
  • Scotland
  • Canada

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