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 2: What is Research with Children and Young People?
What is Research with Children and Young People?
Research with children and young people has a long history, going back at least to the end of the nineteenth century (de Landsheere 1988). However, its character has changed over time, and become more diverse. This reflects the range of different areas and disciplines involved, such as the study of health and education, of psychology, anthropology and sociology. In this chapter we will look, first of all, at the nature of research: the aim will be to give you an initial sense of different approaches to inquiry that you will find in the literature about children and young people, the ideas underpinning them, and the debates ...