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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Choosing a research method may be considered a rational activity , logically following from the research ... may be only a narrow time period during which data collection is possible , so limiting the opportunity for lengthy methods .
We do not argue for qualitative or quantitative methods . We are sympathetic to the concerns of Rowan ( 1998 ) outlined above , and the many researchers who have argued the case for qualitative approaches , including a large body of ...
More broadly , the current climate of research activity may discourage innovative methods . It is noteworthy that quantitative methods are relatively out of favour for researching children's perspectives , as is the use of approaches ...
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