We’ve spent the last week or so under a pile of books. The DCU library has a lot of books of research about researching things and we’ve been using these to research different research methods. Research.
It’s surprisingly difficult to find resources on conducting focus groups and group interviews with children (which is what we’re aiming to use to help us find out how much the kids already understand about the internet). Thankfully, we’ve found enough to help us build a plan of action and we’re now in the process of finalizing dates for school visits.
We’re also trying to find research on voice-overs for children’s edutainment - whether younger or older voices are more effective, how children respond differently to male or female voices and how the voiceover affects their interpretation of the material.