Kids on board: methodological challenges, concerns and clarifications when including young children's voices in tourism research

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Abstract

A knowledge gap exists concerning the dearth of children's voices in tourism research. One of the main reasons for this is attributed to the methodological challenges that confront researchers when interacting with child respondents. Based on a recent study conducted with young children between the ages of 5 and 6 years, this article discusses five methodological issues to contemplate prior to conducting research with children. This article raises important considerations for children's developmental phase, the use of appropriate props and prompts during data collection, and the positionality and pre-requisites of the researcher when designing methodologies for research with children. © 2015, © Crown Copyright in the Commonwealth of Australia 2015 [Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management].
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)845-858
Number of pages14
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Volume18
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • children
  • family tourism
  • interview
  • methodology
  • qualitative
  • child
  • educational attainment
  • qualitative analysis
  • research work
  • tourist destination
  • traditional knowledge

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