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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Education systems have many elements that reinforce developmental theories . ... The concept of normalization has been taken further through Freudian theory , which views the process of childhood as the process of becoming a human being ...
On the other , there is the world of interpretation , analysis and theory building . Even grounded theory conceives of this kind of distinction , positing the idea of a constant moving between the two worlds .
Such a methodology also requires a grounded approach to developing theory . Again as Mayall ( 1996 ) argues : The construction of an argument needs to be sensitive to its quality of fit – a theory has to be measured against the ...
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