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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Children can also be used to interview adults so that we can tap the child's views of the critical dimensions surrounding a particular topic such as a job or holiday . Other work ( e.g. Gross 1993 ) entails an external researcher not ...
If these feelings and experiences were harboured in these two schools alone , how many more children are waiting for the opportunity to express their worries and articulate their perspectives on sensitive topics ?
C References Adler , Patricia A. and Adler , Peter ( 1993 ) Ethical issues in self - censorship : ethnographic research on sensitive topics , in C. M. Renzetti and R. M. Lee ( eds ) Researching Sensitive Topics .
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