Researching Families and Children: Culturally Appropriate Methods is a collection of essays on field issues related to research in child/human development, attempting to highlight indigenous methodological issues that arise while conducting human development research in the Indian context. It articulates the dynamics of the process of interaction to provide a transparent and human view of research, giving maximum importance to the perspective of the participant or respondent in each study.
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About the Author
S. Anandalakshmy after studying Economics at Madras University, got a master’s degree in Child Development and Education from Bryn Mawr College and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her career began with running an innovative school in Chennai. She then moved to Lady Irwin College, Delhi University, where she developed and set up a master’s degree course in Child Development. During this period, she served in an advisory capacity to the UNICEF, Ministry of HRD, and academic institutions In India. She visited Universities in the US at the invitation of the Asia Society and spent two summers at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Edinburgh and a three-month stint at the Maison des Science de l’homme in Paris. For over seven years, she served as Director of the Lady Irwin College, while also attending international seminars and conferences and maintaining contact with NGO, the Mobile Creches and other child-related organizations.Her research has been in the area of the Girl Child, Cognitive Development in early childhood and Socialization. She edited a book for SAGE, along with two colleagues, on the theme of qualitative research methods. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Barefoot College, Tilonia, Volontariat in Pondicherry and Bala Mandir in Chennai. She worked with the Bernard van Leer Foundation, helping assess and monitor child care work in SEWA, Ahmedabad. In the course of assisting the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in Tamil Nadu, she made two short documentaries on the innovative methods (ABL and ALM) in Tamil Nadu schools.
Nandita Chaudhary is presently working as Reader at the Department of Human Development and Childhood Studies at Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi. She has a Ph.D. from University of Delhi and has been a Fulbright scholar at the Department of Psychology, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. She has written several journal articles and chapters in books, and is actively involved with crosscultural research and publication projects. She has authored Listening to Culture published by SAGE, New Delhi in 2004, and is Associate editor of the SAGE journal Culture and Psychology, and consultant editor for the SAGE journal Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.
Neerja Sharma is Reader at the Department of Human Development and Childhood Studies, Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi. She obtained her Ph.D. and earlier degrees at the same institution, and has continued to teach, research and publish in the areas of childhood disability, adolescence, education and research methods. Apart from publishing several research papers and book chapters, she has authored three books: Understanding Adolescence, Identity of the Adolescent Girl and Evaluating Children in Primary Education. She is an advisor to Rajkumari Amrit Kaur (RAK) Child Study Centre (ECCE), Pratham (elementary education), Snehi (mental health), Karuna Vihar (disability) and Springdales School (inclusion).
Table of Contents
Preface - S Anandalakshmy, Nandita Chaudhary and Neerja SharmaHow Independent is the Independent Variable? - S AnandalakshmyMethods for a Cultural Science - Nandita ChaudharyCultural Networks, Social Research and Contact Sampling - Mila Tuli and Nandita ChaudharyResearch as Intervention - Neerja Sharma Responsive Engagement as Method - Priti Joshi Lived Experience as Theatre - Lakshmi KrishnamurtyInterviewing in Qualitative Research - Shraddha KapoorMaking Sense of What They Say - Indu Kaura Unravelling the Mystery of Creativity - Rekha Sharma Sen and Neerja Sharma Mapping the Self and the Family - Sujata Sriram and Nandita Chaudhary Field Observations from Rural Gujarat - Monika Abels End Notes - S Anandalakshmy, Neerja Sharma and Nandita Chaudhary