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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

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

An excellent textbook full of useful insights into the many variables of childhood research. This is a must publication for those starting out with their research involving this population group.

Mr Dominic Cunliffe
School of Sport, Tourism and Languages, Southampton Solent University
December 16, 2014

This is a useful and comprehensive resource for students carrying out primary research involving children and young people needing sound reference and guidance. Makes very good use of examples, discussing the practicalities and realities of doing research together with the issues of navigating the ethical challenges that emerge.

Mr Cris Mepham
Health, Community & Social Care, Bradford College
December 4, 2014

A really exciting look into research in the sector, key reading for students of early years, childhood and early education who are both undertaking and/or interpreting research in the field.

Mr Steven Burton
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Beckett University
October 31, 2014

The strength of this book is that it is more than just another 'how to' methods text. With contributions from leading authors in the field, this book covers a wide range of issues and challenges of researching children and young people. It is essential reading for dissertation students.

Ms Marie Lavelle
October 7, 2014

This book has been highly recommended for use by any colleagues working with children and young people is a variety of settings. Great guidance on how to approach practical research and the ethical and other considerations of such research.

Mr Robert Hooson
Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
September 2, 2014

This book was a good text to recommend to any students studying towards qualifications where children are considered. Public health nurses will benefit from having an overview of this book and I would certainly recommend this text be added to lists for courses.

Mrs Lisa Paduch
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
September 1, 2014

This text makes interesting reading; presenting, and questioning various viewpoints. This gives the reader an insight to various perspectives of education, while also, putting these theories into context. The notes and recommendations for reading at the end of each chapter are very useful.

Mrs Ruth Davies
Childhood and Family Studies ppA8, Glyndwr University
August 26, 2014

This will be a very useful book for many of our students who will be carrying out primary research involving children and young people. The editors and contributors have a helpful and thoughtful approach with a wealth of experience and background in research and more particularly research with children and young people.
The book covers critical issues which students need to be aware of and engage with when thinking about research and especially if carrying out research with children and young people. This will be a useful resource in practice since it also deals with the practicalties and realities of doing research with children and young people.

Ms Sue Mills
Lifelong Learning Centre, Leeds University
July 30, 2014

This book will clearly help the learners with their research project and I will be recommending for our Learning Centre

Mrs Sue Kinsella
Child Studies, York College
July 8, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: Images of Childhood and their Influence on Research


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