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 13: Inventing Adulthoods: A Qualitative Longitudinal Study of Growing Up
Inventing Adulthoods: A Qualitative Longitudinal Study of Growing Up
Inventing Adulthoods is a large-scale qualitative longitudinal study which has involved a team of researchers working together since 1996. The research follows over 100 young people from five socially and economically contrasting areas of England and Northern Ireland as they move through their teens, twenties and early thirties at the turn of the twenty-first century. A bit like the popular TV documentary series Seven Up!,1 the rich biographical material resulting from up to seven in-depth interviews with each person offers fascinating insights into how experiences of education, family, leisure, work and local community help to shape young lives. Unlike a majority of qualitative studies ...