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Participatory Research with Children and Young People

Participatory Research with Children and Young People

December 2014 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book sets out a clear framework for conducting participatory research with children and young people within a discussion of the rights of the child. Through extensive case studies and a close review of contemporary literature, in relation to early childhood through to late adolescence, the book serves as a critical guide to issues in participative research for students and researchers.
The book includes chapters on:
  • Designing your research project
  • Ethical considerations
  • Innovative methods
  • Publication and dissemination.

Introduction: Arguing The Case For Participatory Research With Children And Young People
Developing New Methodological Understandings Of Social Research With Children And Young People
Ethical Questions In Relation To Participatory Research With Children And Young People
Designing A Project With Children And Young People: Investigating The ‘Researchable Question’
A Political Ecology Of Access And Cooperation
Innovative Methods
Issues Of Impact And Sustainability In The Context Of Participatory Design And Construction
Publication And Dissemination
Action And Participation

The process of conducting research from start to finish is dealt with, serving the novice or experienced researcher equally with rich interpretations and possibilities encountered at each stage.

The book examines a wide range of interpretations of participatory research through a multi-disciplinary lens and in doing so serves to enrich the methodological literature as well as further promote the possibilities of bringing about social change through engaging the young.

Cathy Burke
Reader in History of Childhood and Education, University of Cambridge

This important book moves beyond the value of young people's participation to consider how to do it. It is one of the first books to carefully anchor participation research onto principles of inquiry-based practice and the ethics of good research at a level of detail in which practitioners and theorists alike will find it useful.

Dana Mitra
Associate Professor of Education, Penn State

A timely, rich and thought provoking exploration of the issues and dilemmas at the heart of actively and authentically involving all children and young people in each phase of research inquiries that involve them. Each author brings a wealth of experience in this area.

Robyn Ewing
Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts, The University of Sydney

A well considered companion for those seeking to engage in the critical work of researching with young children. I highly recommend this book for both beginning researchers and those seeking to explore the dilemmas and challenges associated with this type of research.

Deborah Harcourt
Professor of Early Childhood Education, Australian Catholic University

This thorough, clearly written, accessible book provides theoretical underpinnings, case studies, extensive discussions of methods, and practical advice as well as compelling arguments regarding the whys and hows of participatory research with children and young people. It does not shy away from the complexities of this work. A thoughtful and inspiring guide to anyone interested in participatory research with children and young people. 

Alison Cook-Sather
Professor of Education, Bryn Mawr College

[The book] provides a really useful overview of the key issues and how researchers might address these... It is concise and clear; explores complex issues together with practical examples and case studies; and brings together theory and practice from different fields in an accessible and engaging way.

Louca-Mai Brady, Independent Research Consultant
SRA Research Matters

With a robust review of up-to-date literature, incorporation of practical models of participation, extensive discussion of methods, and a solid explanation of youth as capable, significant participants, this book offers a substantial contribution to the interdisciplinary field of participatory research with children and youth.

Rebecca Kaplan
Children, Youth and Environments

Very Useful for students undertaking dissertations

Mrs Ghazala Begum
Education, Norland College
October 7, 2020

The text promotes the nature of participative working with children and young people. The nature of understanding cooperation and reducing limitations in terms of access is a valuable pre-requisite in professional practice with children and young people across the professions.
The potential impact of social justice and social change from children and young people themselves is an exciting prospect and the text explores the ethics, value and sustainability of effective future work with children and young people.

Mr Steve Walker
Youth & Comm Dev Studies (Lancaster), University of Cumbria
September 7, 2017

This is a good book for introducing students to the use of participatory methods for children and will work well as a supplemental text for my advanced qualitative methods module.

Dr Janine Coates
School of Sport & Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University
October 24, 2016

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