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.

Methodological Approaches to Research with Children and Young People
Methodological approaches to research with children and young people


In this section of the book, the chapters focus on some of the basic processes involved in designing research and producing data. Chapter 6 outlines what is involved in research design, and provides an overview of the various sorts of data that can be involved in research with children and young people. Research can vary both in how the design process is managed, for example whether it largely follows a fixed plan from the beginning or is more flexible, as well as in terms of the specific types of data it is planned to collect and the sort of analysis that is proposed.

Subsequent chapters examine methods of ...

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