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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One area worthy of investigation when assessing children's views is the self - concept . The nature of a child's self - concept is likely to have a pervasive and long term effect on , for example , academic achievements , social ...
with Down Syndrome encounter limit the applicability of many instruments used to measure the self - concept . There are two potential solutions to the problem of how to investigate the self - concept of children with Down Syndrome .
Psychology provides the disciplinary framework for most of these studies and common to them is the concept of a sequence of developmental stages from infancy to adult maturity . The research is quantitative , using such tools as ...
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