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Title: Doll tales: Foregrounding children's voices in research
Authors: Jesuvadian, Mercy Karuniah
Wright, Susan (Susan Kay)
Keywords: Research with preschool children
Persona Dolls
Race and ethnicity
Children’s voices
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: Jesuvadian, M. K., & Wright, S. (2011). Doll tales: Foregrounding children's voices in research. Early Child Development and Care, 181(3), 277-285.
Abstract: This paper discusses how the use of Persona Dolls in research is an effective means of enabling children (ages 4-6) to share life experiences openly. It investigated the place of race in the peer choice of preschool children. Two key research questions drove the inquiry: a) do four to six year old children know their own racial identity? b) do four to six year old children choose friends based on racial characteristics? Semi-structured interviews using Persona Dolls were conducted, with the dolls acting as conduits through which the children engaged in conversations with the researcher. Findings revealed that children were aware of stereotypes and discrimination. One minority child showed deep empathy with the posed dilemma of a dark skinned Persona doll and her inability to establish friendships. Implications are shared with regard to the significance of Persona Dolls, play and life stories in presenting the views of young children.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Early Child Development and Care. The published version is available online at
ISSN: 0300-4430 (print)
1476-8275 (online)
Other Identifiers: 10.1080/03004430903293172
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