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.
Chapter 10: Methodological Ideas
Research is a very practical activity in which pressing decisions must be made – for example, about what it would be fruitful and feasible to investigate, what data to use, how to go about gaining access to these data, how to analyse them, what conclusions can be drawn from the analysis, and how to disseminate the findings to audiences that have an interest in them. Moreover, these practical decisions arise in situations that involve a variety of constraints, including material ones to do with what funding is available, what access to the necessary data can be achieved, and so on.
At the same time, however, it is important to recognise that research is not simply a matter of doing what is ...