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.

Critical Issues in Research with Children and Young People
Critical issues in research with children and young people


In this opening section, the chapters address five core themes that we perceive as the bedrock for Understanding Research with Children and Young People. These are key considerations to bear in mind as you read through subsequent sections of this book, and throughout the process of your engagement with research. They include:

  • How images of childhood and youth have changed over the years, and how research is always conducted in particular historical, cultural and philosophical contexts which shape how we do research and what we find out;
  • What we mean by ‘research’ and by ‘research with children and young people’;
  • The purposes and potential impacts of such research;
  • How research can ...
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