How do views about children shape research concerned with their lives? What different forms can research with children take? What ethical issues does it involve? How does it impact on policy and practice, and on the lives of children themselves? This book helps you to understand how research is designed and carried out to explore questions about the lives of children and young people. It tackles the methodological, practical and ethical challenges involved, and features examples of actual research that illustrate: • Different strategies for carrying out research • Common challenges that arise in the research process • Varying modes of engagement that researchers can adopt with participants and audiences; and • The impact that research can have on future studies, policy and practice.
Chapter : Understanding Research with Children and Young People: Introduction
Understanding Research with Children and Young People: Introduction
A considerable amount of research has been carried out into the lives of children and young people, and some of it has been very influential for policy and practice. It has provided new understanding and raised important questions about widely accepted assumptions across a range of fields, including health, education, social work, and crime. This research has taken many different forms, and there have been intense debates about some aspects of it. These are concerned with how knowledge can be produced and its proper character, the practical value of such knowledge, and the very nature of childhood and youth. This book is designed as a broad introduction to understanding this ...