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Title: Ethnicity in research with young children: Invitation/Barrier
Authors: Jesuvadian, Mercy Karuniah
Wright, Susan (Susan Kay)
Keywords: Children
Researcher effect
Subjectivity and qualitative research
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Jesuvadian, M. K., & Wright, S. (2014). Ethnicity in research with young children: Invitation/Barrier. Early Child Development and Care, 184(11), 1566-1582.
Abstract: This paper explores special issues that a novice, minority researcher encountered at a multi-racial research site. The first author’s personal experiences as a female, Tamil speaking Indian Singaporean shaped the research process and its reception at the research site. In this paper, she observes that, while her ethnic membership operated as a barrier at times, it also shaped the research process in positive and unexpected ways. It invited conversation about ethnicity in a multi-racial setting, creating opportunities for meaningful dialoguing of sensitive topics, culminating in an expansive definition of differences. She also explores the place for researcher subjectivity in qualitative research analysis. The data presented is selected from her dissertation which studied if race and ethnicity affected friendship choices amongst preschool children in Singapore.
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: 10.1080/03004430.2013.866109
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