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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.

Research Design
Research design
Martyn Hammersley

The term ‘research design’ refers to the task faced by a researcher in formulating research questions and planning how to produce and analyse the data required to answer them. More specifically, it is concerned with how this task can be pursued most effectively, within appropriate ethical and practical constraints. Research design is a high priority in the early stages of a research project, but it continues to be of importance throughout the process. Moreover, research design plans often have to be restructured during the course of investigation, because of changes in the focus of the research, or as a result of obstacles encountered along the way.

While the research process cannot begin without some initial ideas about what question(s) are being ...

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