Researching Children's Perspectives
"This is a book which I will return to over time. It carries a powerful, and empowering, message about the task of researching children's views...(It) deserves to find an automatic place in staffroom libraries. I happily recommed it." - Support for Learning"
The 1990s have been marked by a growing emphasis, in various professional contexts, on obtaining the views of clients, including children. This position is an international one, shared across the developed world, and encapsulated in the UN Convention on the rights of the child. This book addresses the issues and practicalities surrounding the obtaining of children's views, particularly in the research context. The book takes a deliberately and explicitly pluralist stance. Its distinctiveness rests on the scrutiny of methodological issues pertaining to the collection of children's views and practical applications. The book is structured around two main sections. Section 1 examines five aspects of theoretical and conceptual issues (ethical issues and codes of conduct, children's rights, the legal perspective, developmental dimensions and sociological issues). Section 2 illustrates these aspects by focusing on methods and applications in obtaining children's views in specific projects.
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These examples are not specific to research , which is just one activity to be undertaken by the professionals concerned here , and this presents another problem . It may be possible to devise a set of guidelines for research as an ...
The activity is engaging rather than distancing , yet also contains reflection and critique . Conclusion To speak of and do research differently is not to step beyond our interpretative understandings . Even an alternative research ...
The opportunity was taken to try an introductory activity which it was felt might put pupils at ease . ... that had been used successfully , as an ' ice breaker ' , with pupils as a precursor to more personal self - esteem activities .
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