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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Here the context is clearly much more formal . The interview format is particularly important with vulnerable or disempowered groups , such as children . There is a particular need to be sensitive to the kinds of questions asked so as ...
Balance between text and context : children are greatly influenced by the context in which tasks are presented or responses demand . Early investigations of these phenomena took place in Edinburgh in the late 1970s ( see Donaldson 1978 ...
While this is true of any researcher - researched context , it is critical when the means of communication is complex , unusual and , through aiming to simplify , open to misinterpretation . In this research context , perhaps more than ...
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