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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The ' Honesty ' card game that was used gave each group member the chance to speak and prompted some discussion ( for further discussion of this game see Sinclair Taylor and Costley 1995 : 34-5 ) . The card game involved each person ...
In a shared situation certain things can be regarded as common knowledge and may be taken for granted in the discussion . Sometimes interviewers from outside the situation can gather more information from interviewees because they do ...
Make sure they understand the process of discussion . • If appropriate set down some ground rules about speaking , listening and respecting the views of others . • Test all aspects of the process e.g. if using an introductory activity .
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