Researching Children's Perspectives
Ann Lewis, Geoff Lindsay
Open University Press, 2000 - 239 páginas
"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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... asked in several different ways . We can ask open - ended questions that allow children to structure the nature and extent of their responses . In general , questions that require only yes / no or very precise answers are to be avoided ...
... asked about ' having Down Syndrome ' . The parents explained that their child did not understand what Down Syndrome was and they did not want their child being made aware of having Down Syndrome . Therefore , it was decided on the basis ...
... asked to identify themselves on the tape to get them used to the tape recorder and to aid transcription . The format adopted appeared to work well and all four pupils contributed . Once all the ques- tions had been tested the group were ...
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