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Researching Children's Experience
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Researching Children's Experience
Approaches and Methods

Edited by:
  • Sheila Greene - University of Dublin Trinity College, Ireland
  • Diane Hogan - University of Dublin Trinity College, Ireland


January 2005 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`Strongly recommended as it provides a very useful overview of a range of methods, mainly textual, for exploring children's experiences. These accounts are placed well in the broader conceptual frameworks concerning both methodologies and ethical considerations' - Educational Review

How should the researcher approach the sensitive subject of the child? What are the ethical issues involved in researching children's experiences? In essays written by a collection of key, international authors, Researching Children's Experience addresses these questions, and examines up-to-date methodological and conceptual approaches to researching children. This book is a practical, comprehensive and interdisciplinary guide for advanced students and researchers, exploring a range of studies, and the theoretical and ethical motivations behind them.

The book is divided into three coherent sections:

- Conceptual, methodological and ethical issues in researching children's experiences.

- Methods for conducting research with children.

- The generation and analysis of text.

Researching Children's Experience provides examples of how researchers from a variety of social science perspectives have set about carrying out research into children's experience. Useful to students embarking on a research project, and to experienced researchers wishing to explore new methods, Greene and Hogan's book is an essential addition to anyone doing research on children. It will be especially useful to those in developmental psychology, education, nursing and other disciplines interested in studying children's experience.

 
PART ONE: CONCEPTUAL, METHODOLOGICAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN RESEARCHING CHILDREN'S EXPERIENCE
Sheila Greene and Malcolm Hill
Researching Children's Experience
Methods and Methodological Issues

 
Diane Hogan
Researching `The Child' in Developmental Psychology
Pia Christensen and Alan Prout
Researching Children and Childhood
Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives

 
Malcolm Hill
Ethical Considerations in Researching Children's Experiences
 
PART TWO: METHODS FOR CONDUCTING RESEARCH WITH CHILDREN
Judy Dunn
Naturalistic Observations of Children in Their Families
Jonathan Tudge and Diane Hogan
An Ecological Approach to Naturalistic Observations of Children's Everyday Lives
Ruth Emond
Ethnographic Methods with Children and Young People
 
PART THREE: THE GENERATION AND ANALYSIS OF TEXT
Helen Westcott and Karen Littleton
Exploring Meaning through Interviews with Children
Annie Rogers
Interviewing Children Using an Interpretive Poetics
Pam Alldred and Erica Burman
Analysing Children's Accounts using Discourse-Analysis
Susan Engel
Narrative Analysis of Children's Experience
Tom Danaher and Marc Briod
Phenomenological Approaches to Research with Children
Eilis Hennessy and Caroline Heary
Exploring Children's Views through Focus Groups
Angela Veale
Creative Methodologies in Participatory Research with Children

A well written book that works at a more advanced level than many introductory texts. It is particularly useful for building understanding once research concepts have been initially understood. Its focus on textual gathering and analysis is especially strong.

Mr Mark Tymms
Division of Youth & Community, De Montfort University
December 19, 2012

This is a good text that explores issues involved with researching children's perspectives, a topical exploration. It is written at a level that is appropriate for BA or MA students in Early Childhood Studies. It is not essential reading as not all students will focus on research with children for their projects.

Ms Rachel Rosen
Early Childhood, London Metropolitan University
September 29, 2011

as previously stated

Ms Denise Elliott
primary education, Stranmillis University College
February 14, 2011

as previously stated

Ms Denise Elliott
primary education, Stranmillis University College
February 14, 2011

There are some really good sections in this book. I particularly liked the chapter by Greene and Hill which will be very useful for postgraduate students beginning research with young children.

Mrs Heather Macdonald
Education , Chester University
December 2, 2010

The book is a great way to help students consider working with the views, and within the worlds, of children - it's only on the Supplemental list as other students might choose to work in other education sectors.

Ms Emma Macleod-Johnstone
Education , Plymouth University
November 26, 2010
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