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.
Part 3: the Reality of Research with Children and Young People
Discussions about research methodology can provide broad principles for carrying out research as we discussed in the Introduction, but not a specific guaranteed toolkit for applying in any context. We are Interested in how researchers adapt a range of methods to the contexts in which they carry out research. This requires close attention to decisions made throughout the research process, from identifying research interests and research questions to deciding on a methodology and engaging with research participants in the field through analysis and writing up. We have explored some of the central issues faced by researchers carrying out research with children and young people in Section 1 ...