How to improve the experiences of children living and working on urban streets?

Ataov, A., 2004, How to improve the experiences of children living and working on urban streets?, in: OPENspace, ‘Open space, people space’, OPENspace, Edinburgh

  • Author : Ataov, A.
  • Year : 2004
  • Published in Book : Open space, people space
  • Abstract in English : ABSTRACT: This paper aims to present the methodology of a participatory action research project conducted in Turkey with the engagement of the National Institute of Social Welfare and Children Protection, the Institute of Statistics, and UNICEF. Approximately 400 children living and working on six Turkish cities, 30 social workers and the project co-ordinator group participated in the study. The project was aimed at understanding the living and working experiences of children on urban streets and collectively generating knowledge through broad participation about solutions to improve children’s experiences in this environment. The study applied quantitative techniques to reveal the background knowledge of children. Qualitative techniques were used in order to enable children to participate and generate knowledge they could use for self-improvement. The qualitative techniques used include drawing, conceptual drawing, drama and focus groups, mapping, photography, interviews, and in-depth interviews. The participants continuously evaluated and reformulated the generated knowledge throughout the process.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: children, street children, streets, open public space, participatory action research. [paper 2 p.]