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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... young people involved in such proceedings ; however , if researchers regarded these barriers as insurmount- able , children and young people's experiences would remain personal , private and hidden . Indeed , adult perspectives of care ...
... young people is to be increased and improved , methods need to build on young people's experiences and inter- ests . Vignettes , for example , allow young participants opportunities to explore their own perceptions and beliefs about a ...
... young people remained cautious , keeping back details of their personal feelings and lives . Letting a stranger in was something many resisted . Gaining young people's trust and being accepted was never totally successful . The gap ...
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