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.

Working with Texts, Images and Artefacts

Working with texts, images and artefacts
Helen HearnPat Thomson

Children and young people use various forms of media to make and keep connections with their friends, families and beyond, and for making sense of their lives and experiences (Carrington and Robinson 2009; Sefton Green 1998). These media exist beyond the moment as texts, images, and artefacts. We can think of them as a partial record of social relationships, interactions and networks. Researchers who are concerned that research about children and young people is generally conducted from adult perspectives often seek to redress the imbalance by focusing on these kinds of data (Bragg 2007; Thomson 2011). Many of these researchers also believe that using texts, images, and artefacts will not only ...

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