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.

Young Lives: Reflections on Quantitative Research in Education within a Longitudinal International Study

Young lives: Reflections on quantitative research in education within a longitudinal international study
Caine Rolleston

Summary of the Study

Young Lives is an international study of childhood poverty in four countries – Peru, Vietnam, Ethiopia and India (Andhra Pradesh State). The project's focus is on understanding the causes and consequences of childhood poverty and on developing policy-relevant analysis for poverty mitigation. The study collects data through both large-scale surveys and in-depth interviews across a ‘pro-poor’1 sample of households in each country and employs both quantitative and qualitative method of analysis in an observational approach which does not involve intervention in the lives of the index children or their families. The survey sample comprises 3,000 ...

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