How to reach and engage social minorities - a look back on a successful involvement of pupils from all social classes
April 12, 2021
In order to develop an intervention for students, the D.O.T. project aimed at engaging children of all social backgrounds in its research, which can be challenging. D.O.T. overcame these challenges by conducting an innovative research workshop in the school setting, thus allowing all students to participate and voice their opinions. Focusing on communicating the aims and benefits of this research was crucial in the recruitment process. Researchers were available to answer all questions parents or teachers might have to increase their trust. Through personalised information efforts, a school response rate of 58% was achieved. The final sample included students of a variety of social backgrounds, including children with migration backgrounds, children from very rural areas or social hotspots, special needs students, and high-achieving students. Innovative research activities allowed children to choose different ways to express their thoughts, ensuing all voices are heard. Researchers had to be flexible to ensure workshop appointments fit schools’ schedules and flexibly adapt workshops to children’s needs. Through these efforts, D.O.T. managed collect a considerable amount of data, representing ideas and opinions of children with different social backgrounds.
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