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 legal system and the research project When social services departments have child protection concerns about the care ... an application to the court for a care or supervision order to enable them to monitor and support future care .
My argument is that the dominant modes of doing social research implicitly assume a primary dichotomy between the reality ... Collectable culture : the problematic of bounded systems The ethnographer's approach to the real can sometimes ...
Mason , J. ( 1996 ) Qualitative Researching . London : Sage . May , T. ( 1993 ) Social Research : Issues , Methods and Processes . Buckingham : Open University Press . Mayall , B. ( 1996 ) Children , Health and the Social Order .
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