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.

Disseminating Research: Shaping the Conversation

Disseminating research: Shaping the conversation
Martin Robb

Introduction: Dissemination as An Ongoing Process

Anyone undertaking research with children and young people will be keen to ensure that their findings are disseminated to as wide an audience as possible. But what do we mean by ‘dissemination’: what do you disseminate, how, and to whom? This chapter began life as an exploration of ‘academic’ dissemination – the process of communicating research findings to the wider research community. However, in writing the chapter it has been difficult to separate this kind of dissemination from the process of communicating with other audiences, such as practitioners and the young people who are the subject of research. The chapter is based around a case study in which I ...

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