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Researching with Children and Young People

Researching with Children and Young People
Research Design, Methods and Analysis

January 2009 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Researching with Children and Young People covers every stage of the process of doing a research project, from research design and data collection, through to analysis, dissemination, and feedback. Providing an advanced discussion of current debates and methods in childhood research, the book is essential reading for anyone undertaking consultation, research, and evaluation activities with children and young people.

The book is structured around five core areas covering:
  • Introduction to research with children and young people
  • Ethics
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Involving children and young people
  • Dissemination and engagement
These chapters are interspersed with case studies describing the methods used in eleven different research projects involving children and young people. Written by both academics and practitioners, the case studies cover a wide variety of methods, settings, and approaches.

Packed with activities, discussion questions, top tips, research tools, useful suggestions, and practical advice, this text will appeal to practitioners, graduate students, and researchers in education, sociology, human geography, social policy, social work, and nursing.

E. Kay M. Tisdall, John M. Davis & Michael Gallagher
Michael Gallagher
Michael Gallagher
Data Collection and Analysis
Louise Hill, Michael Gallagher & Claire Whiting
Group Work Toolkit
John Davis
Involving Children
E. Kay M. Tisdall
Dissemination - or Engagement?

This is one of the better, more useful academic texts on the market which senior researchers and academics will find inspirational when researching this sector...Incredibly useful for real research situations
Social Research Association

[T]here is a sense of newness and innovation about the book, whereby the reader is treated to insight into the life and work of collaborators who wrote each case study....[T]he book is highly accessible for students at graduate and undergraduate level, for example BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies students

Research with Children and Young People is an accessible comprehensive overview for all those interested in undertaking research with children.

This book provides valuable practical advice, utilising a range of professional contexts as illustrative examples of the issues faced when conducting research with children.

Miss Syreeta Charles-Cole
Education, Carshalton College
May 1, 2015

This is an excellent text for those considering researching with children and young people

Well written with a wide range of relevant topics that informs the reader but also encourages wider understandings.

Ms Allison Dunhill
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
February 8, 2015

A real source for anyone who is considering to do research with children. It covers all the topics that the researcher would need to answer before gaining ethical approval for ones research and also conseptual issues that lead research process. The book is based on various research which is a great bonus for those who want to learn from practical examples

Ms Irena Loveikaite
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
January 19, 2015

excellent text that explores the key themes in relation to research with children and young people.
the layout of the text is supportive to students learning needs and the use of reflection and case studies enhance points raised.
would recommend this for all child health practitioners undertaking research with children not just for undergraduate nurses. a pleasure to review

Eileen Wake
Nursing and Midwifery, Hull Univ.
July 7, 2014

This is a well organised book that investigates the issues when researching with children. Can be easily adopted for students' use.

Mrs Svetlana Shivacheva
University Centre Croydon, Croydon College
December 12, 2013

A good resources that covers; in quite a high level of detail; the process of carrying out research on Children and Young People.
As it is intended as an advanced level of study it does require some basic understanding of research practice and terminology and uses a high level of English language throughout the text. There are some excellent resources for groups looking to carry out research, as well as students who are looking to develop their own skills within the field.
There are a number of very detailed case studies that look to cover a wide range of areas however the high level of study, as well as the academic subject area make this a little inaccessable for Foundation Degree level and therefore would be better as a supporting resource.

youth work, YMCA Wales Community College
October 31, 2013

Covers all aspects of research including research design, methods and analysis. The section 'supporting young people as researchers' gave useful tips, including advice on ethical issues.

I like the fact the references are at the end of each chapter.

Ms Michelle Evans
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
August 30, 2012

Good use of case studies and examples to bring research to life.

Mrs Wendy Bannerman
Childhood and Youth, Northampton University
August 17, 2012

Very practical ideas - great for students with specific projects working with children

Maire McCallion
Applied Science, Sligo Institute of Technology
April 26, 2012

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