Monash University

Using participatory methods in research with young people

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posted on 2020-06-10, 01:11 authored by Christine GrovéChristine Grové
Young people have valuable and unique insight into their own wellbeing and their quality of schooling. Actively engaging with youth as key stakeholders, this project trialed a qualitative visual participatory research method to document secondary school students’ experiences of education. Youth participation in this research extends beyond consultation to an active and ongoing role, (co)creating a methodology and exhibition that reflects the notions of inclusiveness and equity.

The youth informed exhibition will showcase the inclusive participatory research practices through:
- a short digital series sharing the youths’ reflections of (co)collaborating in research;
- a visual exhibition of youths’ experience of schooling and the strengths and challenges of being a youth in today’s time.

Here is Christine Grové overview of her latest work - the Youth Booth participatory research project sharing the thoughts and understanding behind the methodology.


This video featured in the Youth Booth exhibition showcasing the work of 10 Victorian young people produced over the 2019-2020 Australian summer. Their work captures their collective experience: being digitally savvy, the stress of study, influence of social media, climate change and the impact of poor mental health. These perspectives, along with our video series produced alongside this, allow us to see the complex situations that impact the youth experience of education.

For schools, teachers, parents and policy-makers it highlights the importance of listening and collaboration with young people, particularly when developing policies and implementing practice to build more inclusive communities. For researchers, we hope this exhibition highlights one way to use participatory visual research methods to support and strengthen the voice of youth.

The exhibition adopts a rights-based perspective which emphasises the importance not only of listening to youth, but actively and authentically collaborating on matters that directly affect them.

The study was conducted by researchers Dr Christine Grove and Louisa Trainer in 2019-2020 at Monash University and is funded by the Monash Education Small Grant Award.


Monash Education Small Grant Award