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.

Images of Childhood and their Influence on Research

Images of childhood and their influence on research
Mary Kellett


Was there ever a time when the concept of childhood did not exist? Is there an exclusive identity linked to the stage of childhood or is this merely subsumed within adult apprenticeship? Can children ever just ‘be’ or are they always in a state of ‘becoming’ an adult? These are some of the questions that have shaped people's images of childhood over time, constructed from a variety of conceptualisations and assumptions about what it is to be a child. This chapter explores the diversity of such perspectives within and across historical and disciplinary boundaries and examines how they have influenced approaches to research about childhood. There is a ...

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