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Research with Children

Research with Children
Theory and Practice

Research Methods

March 2013 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Thought-provoking, pertinent and engaging, this book provides an overview of every aspect of carrying out research with children. It is unique in its particular focus on vulnerable groups of children such as those with mental-health problems, physical health problems and learning disabilities, along with young offenders and looked after children.

The book helpfully addresses each stage of the research process:

-Part I introduces the main elements of doing research with children, including seeking ethical approval for sensitive research topics.

-Part II guides the reader through the initial stages of the research project including recruitment issues and communicating with gatekeepers.

-Part III outlines the data collection, data analysis, writing up and dissemination stages of research and covers both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Filled with practical advice and useful activities for each chapter, this book is an essential resource for any student, academic or professional working with, or doing research with, children.

Introduction: Setting the Context
Cultural and Diversity Issues
Ethics in Child Research
Children's Capacity to Make Decisions
Planning to Do Research with Children
Getting Started in Research with Children
Children with Specific Characteristics
Recruiting Children and Families: Communicating with Gatekeepers, Parents and Children
Choosing a Method for Your Research
Quantitative Methods of Data Collection and Analysis
Qualitative Methods of Data Collection and Analysis
Writing-up and Dissemination
Answers to the Activities

Very clear and comprehensive guide on how to conduct research with children. Covers essential issues, invaluable resource for practitioners and researchers alike.

Mrs Laura Ashton-Goldthorpe
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Edge Hill University
April 7, 2016

This book is a significant contribution to the available resources on doing research with children. It provides a step-by-step guide through all the phases of the research process. The author’s emphasis on research with vulnerable children is outstanding. It also addresses the various ethical issues in a very clear and practical way, even providing an example of a consent form. It is written in an easy to read and accessible style and is comprehensive enough to enhance the research skills of people on different academic levels.

Dr Jan Grobbelaar
Post-graduate faculty - Practical Theology, South African Theological Seminary
August 11, 2015

This is a fantastic book giving foundational knowledge to my students about carrying out research with children. From ethical considerations to methodology and beyond, this informative book is a recommended companion for all those on the Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education.

Miss Jo Button
Education , South Devon College
March 19, 2015

An easy to read text that introduces research with children.

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

This book is divided into three distinctive sections that guides the reader through the ethics, preparation and planning of a research project with children. There are activities and practical advice throughout to highlight the essential elements of conducting research with children.

Mrs Marion Farnworth
Centre of Health & Childhood Studies, Hopwood Hall College
August 18, 2015

A good book but not as relevant to the course that i am teaching as I had hoped. Useful for practitioners planning or carrying out research with children.

Dr Sarah Rose
Psychology & Mental Health, Staffordshire University
October 30, 2014

Really Useful with dissertation students.

Dr Jacky Tyrie
Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University
October 6, 2014

This was used widely by the previous years second years to support their Individual Reserach Project.

Mrs Nancy Small
Health and Social Care, K College
July 1, 2014

There are not enough books in this field, so very appreciative of such a good text

Ms Ros Sanders
Faculty of health and science, University of Cumbria
June 24, 2014

A useful book that explores key topics. The front cover is very appealing.Useful practical activities. User friendly book.

Mrs Claire Pescott
Dept of Care & Continuing Education, Ystrad Mynach College
May 6, 2014

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