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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All psychologists consider biological and environmental factors but the key issue is the different emphasis that is ... The latter include the influences of the immediate family , the school and the immediate cultural environment as ...
However , it was mainly based on the notion that group situations offer a more supportive , less threatening environment than a one - to - one interview and were therefore appropriate when researching such a sensitive topic .
Pupil behaviours can be studied in their natural environment or in clinical settings ... However , removing pupils , whose understanding of the world is very limited , from their familiar environments can be very distressing .
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