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 two main research methods employed in this research were observation and then interview . Deutscher ( 1973 ) has argued that observed actions can be ambiguous but that a combination of different approaches reduces overall error .
In all the cases that I observed the representatives went out to visit the child or young person . The majority of the children and young people were pleased about this because it ' showed they cared ' : they had made a positive effort ...
The metaphor of observation invites us to conceive of the research process as being made up of two distinct realms of ... The survey , as with interviewing , assumes that the observed behaviours or the direct account offer a unique ...
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