The Role of Nepalese School Children as Research Participants: Challenges in Qualitative Research

The present study discusses the possible methodological difficulties of using schoolgirls in Nepal as participants to perform qualitative fieldwork. It focuses primarily on the logistical, academic and social challenges that affect the scholarly investigation into aspects of education and rural Nepal’s wider society. It can be exciting but also rather stressful, frustrating, and troublesome to perform studies. During evaluation, discussion, bargaining, and involvement, carrying out research with children can be particularly tricky. The participants in this study were schoolgirls from the Dalit group in Nepal, and school dropout girls (12-16 years old). Schoolchildren are an invaluable source of information on society and education, both in school and school dropouts, particularly girls. Schoolchildren are an important and separate part of society and are generally recognised as being To be a country’s future-makers. School-aged girls, however, have the ability to share their thoughts , perceptions, thoughts, and abilities, as much as adults do. In Nepal, however, their involvement in research activities has been intermittent. This study applies different methodological tools to carry out this qualitative study in the Nepalese school environment and highlights the difficulties associated with these methodologies, in particular the confidentiality difficulties and interactions when children are used as research participants.

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Ghanshyam Bishwakarma
University of Eastern Finland Joensuu Campus, Joensuu, Finland.

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