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.

Perspectives on Parental Involvement: A Discussion of Practitioner Research

Perspectives on parental involvement: A discussion of practitioner research
Nicola Smith

Summary of the Research

My PhD research study examined perceptions of parental involvement from the points of view of nursery practitioners, ‘British Asian’ parents and their children. It was created as a result of my own experiences as an early years practitioner and as a parent. Bhabha's notion of ‘third space’ (1994: 53) was examined in relation to developing more effective relationships between parents, children and practitioners. Case studies were developed in two nursery classes, using interviews, group work and documentation from the settings. Data was analysed using elements of a ‘grounded theory’ approach as well as using concepts from the work of Bourdieu (1977) and Bhabha ...

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