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.


Rosie Flewitt


Interviews, in one form or another, have long been used by researchers interested in understanding particular issues in their own society or the history, character and context of other cultures and other societies. For instance, they were used in nineteenth-century studies of poverty in English industrial cities, and were also often used by Western anthropologists as they sought to understand the social organisation and characteristics of ‘primitive’ or non-Western cultures. Throughout the twentieth century, researchers developed the use of interviews to investigate many different social issues, including in the fields of education, care and health. In the second half of the twentieth century, as research methods across the social sciences began to move away from the dominance of ‘measuring’ social phenomena using ...

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