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Research with Children

Research with Children
Theory and Practice

February 2013 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Thought-provoking, pertinent and engaging, this book provides an overview of every aspect of carrying out research with children. It is unique in its particular focus on vulnerable groups of children such as those with mental-health problems, physical health problems and learning disabilities, along with young offenders and looked after children.

The book helpfully addresses each stage of the research process:

-Part I introduces the main elements of doing research with children, including seeking ethical approval for sensitive research topics.

-Part II guides the reader through the initial stages of the research project including recruitment issues and communicating with gatekeepers.

-Part III outlines the data collection, data analysis, writing up and dissemination stages of research and covers both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Filled with practical advice and useful activities for each chapter, this book is an essential resource for any student, academic or professional working with, or doing research with, children.

Introduction: Setting the Context
Cultural and Diversity Issues
Ethics in Child Research
Children's Capacity to Make Decisions
Planning to Do Research with Children
Getting Started in Research with Children
Children with Specific Characteristics
Recruiting Children and Families: Communicating with Gatekeepers, Parents and Children
Choosing a Method for Your Research
Quantitative Methods of Data Collection and Analysis
Qualitative Methods of Data Collection and Analysis
Writing-up and Dissemination
Answers to the Activities

There are not enough books in this field, so very appreciative of such a good text

Ms Ros Sanders
Faculty of health and science, University of Cumbria
June 24, 2014

A useful book that explores key topics. The front cover is very appealing.Useful practical activities. User friendly book.

Mrs Claire Pescott
Dept of Care & Continuing Education, Ystrad Mynach College
May 6, 2014

Comprehensive content, presented in an easily understood and approachable manner.

Ms Louise O'Boyle
School of Art and Design, Ulster University
March 31, 2014

My sense is that the authors of this book have carefully considered the other work that is available on research with children and written a book that can secure its own distinctive place and value. An undoubted strength is its emphasis on research with vulnerable groups of children and young people, questions of recruitment, and method selection. The activities are particularly helpful and thought provoking for even experienced researchers.

Dr Phil Stringer
Research Department of Clinical Educational & Health Psychology, University College London
October 30, 2013

There are examples interspersed throughout this book which make it very interesting reading. It also reinforces the point well

Mrs Tanya Richardson
School of Education, Northampton University
October 22, 2013

A useful book to support the M level working on a PGCE. A strength to add to a reading list to encourage students to explore a wider range of literature for their methodology.

Mrs Catherine Carden
POINTED, Canterbury Christ Church University
October 1, 2013

Very useful for those thinking about doing research with children. Helpful for both BA and MA students.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Newport School of Education, University of Wales, Newport
July 3, 2013

This books guides the apprentice in research with children through various ethical, methodological and practical issues in a very clear and pedagogic manner. The authors demonstrate practical experience dealing with complex situations. The examples of real research are very good to provoke critical thinking.

Dr Felix Diaz
Psychology , University of Castilla La Mancha
May 16, 2013

Great for the novice researcher. Key areas appropriately covered. Well laid out and easy to read.

Dr Carol Moxam
Speech and Language, Newcastle University
May 1, 2013

This book contains a wide range of activities and answers to guide students through the research process. There are some excellent vignettes in the chapter on ethics and another good chapter on informed consent/children's capacity to make decisions. Students will find the examples of an information letter and consent form helpful in starting their project. Guidance is given on how to design questionnaires and structured interviews, planning unstructured interviews and participatory methods. There is a helpful step-by-step guide to thematic analysis but an example using a section of script could perhaps have been included to aid understanding.

Dr Kath Kelly
Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
April 18, 2013

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