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.

Doing Qualitative Research with Children and Young People

Doing qualitative research with children and young people
Sue Bucknall


Over recent decades there has been a significant change in the roles that children and young people have been able to play in research. This change has been especially marked when their own lived experiences have been the focus for investigation. So, while child-related research does not always involve children and young people as active participants, research with them rather than research on them is increasingly common. This chapter considers some of the issues that have been brought to the fore by this shift. It begins by looking at why and how research with children and young people has evolved, before attending to the complex and pervasive notion ...

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