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Understanding Research with Children and Young People
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Understanding Research with Children and Young People

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December 2013 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

How do views about children shape research concerned with their lives? What different forms can research with children take? What ethical issues does it involve? How does it impact on policy and practice, and on the lives of children themselves?

This book helps you to understand how research is designed and carried out to explore questions about the lives of children and young people. It tackles the methodological, practical and ethical challenges involved, and features examples of actual research that illustrate:

  • Different strategies for carrying out research
  • Common challenges that arise in the research process
  • Varying modes of engagement that researchers can adopt with participants and audiences; and
  • The impact that research can have on future studies, policy and practice.



 
Introduction
 
SECTION 1: CRITICAL ISSUES IN RESEARCH WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Mary Kellett
Images of Childhood and their Influence on Research
Sandy Fraser, Rosie Flewitt and Martyn Hammersley
What is Research with Children and Young People?
Victoria Cooper
Designing Research for Different Purposes
Sue Bucknall
Doing Qualitative Research with Children and Young People
Priscilla Alderson
Ethics
 
SECTION 2: METHODOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO RESEARCH WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
 
Introduction
Martyn Hammersley
Research Design
Heather Montgomery
Participant Observation
Rosie Flewitt
Interviews
Helen Hearn and Pat Thomson
Working with Texts, Images and Artefacts
Martyn Hammersley
Methodological Ideas
 
SECTION 3: THE REALITY OF RESEARCH WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
 
Introduction
Nicola Smith
Perspectives on Parental Involvement: a Discussion of Practitioner Research
Alison Clark
Developing and Adapting the Mosaic Approach
Sheila Henderson and Rachel Thomson
Inventing Adulthoods: a Qualitative Longitudinal Study of Growing Up
Caine Rolleston
Young Lives: Reflections on Qualitative Research in Education within a Longitudinal International Study
 
SECTION 4: ENGAGING AUDIENCES AND DISSEMINATING FINDINGS: THE IMPACT OF RESEARCH
 
Introduction
Martin Robb
Disseminating Research: Shaping the Conversation
Sandy Ruxton
Achieving Policy Impact: Researching Children's Issues at EU level
Chris Pascal and Tony Bertram
Transformative Dialogues: the Impact of Participatory Research on Practice
Alex Mann, Joseph Liley and Mary Kellett
Engaging Children and Young People in Research

'There is no single or right way to do childhood and youth research, but this useful book provides readers with essential insights into many of the options, shedding light on the various purposes, practicalities, merits and ethical considerations. It is a great starting point for anyone wanting to do research that is respectful of children and young people.'

Melanie Nind, Professor of Education
University of Southampton

'Written by authors whose backgrounds exemplify the multi-disciplinary nature of Childhood Studies, this book includes excellent examples of research projects which provide a valuable model for anyone interested in research with children and young people.'

Sue Robson, Principal Lecturer and Subject Leader for Early Childhood Studies
University of Roehampton

This book will be used for research in early years.

Mr gurjit singh bhatoy
Education , Stourbridge College
June 10, 2016

Useful material for those wishing to progress so added to supplemental reading list

Ms Mary Cryan
Supporting Teaching and Learning, Adult Education Centre
October 13, 2015

A knowledgeable, comprehensive, relevant and accessible text covering approaches to research in the early years. Suitable for both undergraduate and postgraduate students researching with children.

Ms Caroline Edna Brooks
Learning and Teaching Institute, Sheffield Hallam University
September 28, 2015

This is an excellent, concise and informative edited collection covering key approaches to research with children and young people. The authors have explored all stages of research design and identified the most frequent pitfalls and challenges, making some very practical and well-considered suggestions for ways to effectively address issues.
The section on ethics is particularly relevant and raises some important points around current approaches to children and young people's consent and assent. The book has potential to be very useful at different levels, allowing tutors to select sections depending on appropriate course needs for undergraduate or post graduate. There is also plenty here for professional researchers involved in work with children and young people.

Dr Amanda Bingley
Division of Health Research , Lancaster University
September 17, 2015

An excellent guide for students completing their independent study.

Miss KATY MEREDITH
CARE DEPARTMENT, COLEG Y CYMOEDD
June 18, 2015

This is a great book for part-time adult learners who are nervous of completing their final dissertation, and I have ordered multiple copies for the library.

Ms Jane Melvin
Continuing Professional Development, Brighton University
May 28, 2015

Excellent text with lots of lens to consider when working with children during the research process.

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester
April 29, 2015

An excellent text that provides a wide range of useful examples that clearly reflect the editor’s wealth of experience and background in research with children and young people. The book provides a thoughtful approach covering critical issues which students need to be aware of and engage with when thinking about research in the early years of childhood. The text is a useful resource in practice as it deals with the practicalities and realities of doing research with children and young people.

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Beckett University
March 21, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: Images of Childhood and their Influence on Research


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