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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... in which they were collected , whether this context refers to a particular task or a wider social system . ... of data collection Psychological studies of children's perspectives can be addressed in a number of different ways .
Psychological aspects of methodological issues in data collection These can be subdivided into three broad groups : first , questions about setting ; second , questions about the child's capabilities ; and third , questions about the ...
Interviews Interviews are another form of data collection that can take place in a natural environment such as the child's school but within that the setting may be more or less structured . Some researchers have used children to ...
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