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.

Developing and Adapting the Mosaic Approach

Developing and adapting the mosaic approach
Alison Clark

Starting Points

The original study that led to the development of the Mosaic approach began in 1999. This study, Listening to Young Children (Clark and Moss 2011 [2001]), was part of an evaluation of Coram Community Campus, an experiment in multi-agency working which included early years provision, a parents’ centre and a homeless families’ project. The aim of the study was to explore ways of including the views and experiences of young children, under 5 years old, in the evaluation and included a development stage to allow new methods to be explored.

The initial research questions focused on how could young children's perspectives be gathered? The terminology ‘views and experiences’ was deliberately broad. ‘Views’ ...

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