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Researching children's experiences

"This accessible book presents approaches to planning, carrying out, and analyzing research projects with children and youth from a social constructivist perspective. Rich, contextualized examples illustrate how to elicit and understand the lived experiences of diverse young people. Data-collection methods discussed in depth include drawing, photography, the Internet, games, interviewing, focus groups, journaling, and observation. Also covered are strategies for fostering the active contributions of children in the research process; navigating consent and ethical issues; enlisting the support of parents, school personnel, and other gatekeepers; and interpreting data. Throughout, the authors emphasize the need to attend to the social setting in which research with children is done. End-of-chapter questions and exercises encourage readers to reflect on taken-for-granted conceptions of children and childhood and to try out the book's ideas in their own research projects."--Jacket
Print Book, English, ©2009
Guilford Press, New York, ©2009
xii, 196 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
9781593859954, 9781593859961, 9781606231036, 1593859953, 1593859961, 1606231030
Conceptions of children and childhood
Historical perspectives of childhood
Theories of socialization
New studies of childhood
Negotiating access for research with children
The regulation of research in the social sciences
Navigating institutional review boards
Recruiting child participants
Strategies for obtaining parental permission
Getting kids to participate after you are in
Defining researcher roles in research with children
The effect of institutions on researcher roles
Presentation of self as researcher
Ethical challenges in social constructionist research with children
Voluntary participation
Communicating responsibly
Interviewing as a relationship
Developing interview questions and protocols
Strategies for eliciting verbal responses
Individual interviews
Group interviews or focus groups
Art and photography
Visual forms of expression and representation
Communicating through participant drawings
Communicating through photographs and video
Communicating through maps
Planning for visual activities
Planning for analysis of visual data
Journaling and other written responses
Communicating through writing
Written accounts as data
Technology and writing
Analyzing data
Internal and external narratives of meaning
Analysis of context, contexts of analysis
Analyzing visual data
Analysis goes on and on
Children as researchers
The power of children's voices
Why partner with young people?
The possibility of true partnerships