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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Research questions addressed The aim of the research was to assess the self - perceptions of pupils with Down Syndrome in three school related domains ( academic competence , physical competence and social acceptance ) and to see if any ...
There are three situations to represent each of the three self - domains ( academic competence , physical competence and social acceptance ) . The instructions and wording used in the grid were chosen to be consistent with the scale .
The internal reliabilities were found to be acceptably high : 0.80 for the academic domain , 0.72 for physical and ... of correlation may be due to the instruments providing slightly different information on the three self domains .
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