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.

Engaging Children and Young People in Research

Engaging children and young people in research
Alex MannJoseph LileyMary Kellett


It feels fitting to conclude this Reader with the voices of children and young people. In the first chapter we considered images of childhood and influences on research. Here, we close that circle with a focus on research by children and young people. The concept of child-led research has gained credence in the last decade, in response to changing perspectives on their status in society, recognition of their role as consumers and increased attention to children and young people's rights. The notion of children designing and leading their own research opens up new protagonist frontiers. Child-to-child enquiry generates different data from adult-to-child enquiry. Children and young people observe ...

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