Researching Children's Perspectives
Ann Lewis, Geoff Lindsay
Open University Press, 2000 - 239 páginas
"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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... understanding of what participation entails and how participating may affect them . A considerably higher degree of understanding would be expected before a child could agree to take part in an experiment about the effects of sleep ...
... understanding how children develop . In the past , developmental psychology has been influenced by a number of schools ; it has been seen as deterministic in the sense that biological influences were considered to be pre - eminent ...
... understanding its meaning and significance to their own personal lives . This ' new ' approach to understanding childhood and youth also requires a methodology that puts the child or young person at the centre of focus - one that ...
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