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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In spite of the rhetoric on raising standards , the key stakeholders in the system , the children ... It would raise the status of children and ensure that politicians and policy makers took children's rights and interests seriously ...
One teacher adopted an ingenious strategy of asking pupils in the class to raise their hand if they wanted to have a break from the lesson to help my work . The teacher then looked around at the mass of raised hands and eventually chose ...
danger of any new initiative is that it can raise expectations which cannot be fulfilled . There is a responsibility on researchers using intervention strategies not to raise expectations , or to influence other people's perceptions of ...
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