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.

Transformative Dialogues: The Impact of Participatory Research on Practice

Transformative dialogues: The impact of participatory research on practice
Chris PascalTony Bertram


The discipline and practice of participatory, practice-led research (Eisenberg et al. 2006; Reason and Bradbury 2008; McNiff 2010), though challenging, has grown rapidly in recent years, and it is now widely accepted as making an important and serious contribution to the knowledge base of early childhood. Over many years, our work in the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) in Birmingham, England, has embraced, exemplified and contributed to the development of practitioner researchers, action researchers and practice-based researchers (Pascal 1993, 2003; Koshy and Pascal 2011; Bertram and Pascal 2012a, 2012b). Another parallel challenge with which we have been engaged is to authentically, practically and ...

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