“It is refreshing to see a book such as this which is both broad in its conceptualization of the field of child research and deep in its focus. The volume's editors are paragons of awareness when it comes to the need for interdisciplinary research and theory to illuminate the lives and experience of children.”
– James Garbarino, Loyola University Chicago
“Covers a satisfying and unprecedentedly wide range of research relating to childhood. The contributors include many eminent international scholars of childhood, making the book a valuable resource for child researchers. Child advocates will also find the book to be invaluable in their efforts to improve children's well-being, and to change policies and practices for the better.”
– Anne Smith, University of Otago
“A really scintillating collection that will provide a lasting perspective on child studies - stimulating and comprehensive!”
– Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York
In keeping with global changes in children's social and legal status, this Handbook includes examination of children as family members, friends, learners, consumers, people of faith, and participants in law and politics. The contributors also discuss the methodological and ethical requirements for research that occurs in natural settings and that enables children themselves to describe their perspective.
The book is divided into three parts: Part I: Setting-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part II: Population-Specific Issues in Child Research; Part III: Methods in Research on Children and Childhood
Chapter 30: Children as Researchers: We Have a Lot to Learn
Children as Researchers: We Have a Lot to Learn
The aftermath of the December 2004 tsunami left tremendous devastation. Thousands of people died, more were left homeless, and entire regions had to be completely rebuilt from the bottom up. This set in motion an unparalleled engagement from outside organizations to help. Basic needs like food, shelter, health care, and sanitation were provided for by the hundreds of organizations that stepped in. Of the 890 agencies involved in the post-tsunami operations in Sri Lanka, however, only 4 per cent had a child focus in their activities, and the majority of those focused primarily on providing for children's physical needs (Plan International, 2005). Aside from a small handful ...