The Reality of Research with Children and Young People
illustrates the process of carrying out research through thirteen `research stories'. Each story includes a piece of published research, accompanied by a commentary from the author of the research explaining:
* the origins of the research
* how research questions were formed
* factors influencing the choice of methodology and data collection techniques
* problems that arose and how these were dealt with
* personal reflections on the project.
The research examples included in this volume have been carefully selected to demonstrate the reality of researching with children from pre-school age to late adolescence. They reflect the different traditions and variety of methods of collecting data, including interview, evaluation, ethnography, experiment, survey, case study, questionnaire, longitudinal, and standardised assessment.
The Reality of Research with Children Young People provides valuable insights into the process of research for students and professionals in a range of fields including education, health, welfare, childhood and youth Studies, psychology and sociology. The book was developed to accompany The Open University Course, Research with Children and Young People (EK310).
Mary Kellett is the Founding Director of the Children's Research Centre at the Open University where she also lectures in Education. She chairs the third year undergraduate course 'Research with Children and Young People' and is co-editor of the widely-adopted readers 'The Reality of Research with Children and Young People' and ' Doing Research with Children and Young People' (SAGE in association with OUP). A former teacher, she has a life-long interest in developing children's learning and in promoting children's rights and increased participation.
The Reality of Research - Vicky Lewis An Introduction `I Forgot the Sky!' - Elizabeth Coates Children's Stories Contained Within Their Drawings Author Commentary: Elizabeth Coates How do Deaf Infants Attain First Signs? - Wataru Takei Author Commentary: Wataru Takei Social Cognition and Bullying - Jon Sutton, Peter Smith and John Swettenham Social Inadequacy or Skilled Manipulation? Author Commentary: Jon Sutton Children's Experiences of Short-Term Accommodation - Jane Aldgate and Marie Bradley Author Commentary: Jane Aldgate Negotiating Autonomy - Samantha Punch Children's Use of Time and Space in Rural Bolivia Author Commentary: Samantha Punch Multiple Risk Behaviour and Injury - Will Pickett et al An International Analysis of Young People Author Commentary: Will Pickett The Mosaic Approach and Research with Young Children - Alison Clark Author Commentary: Alison Clark Making progress? - Marina Monteith The Transition to Adulthood for Disabled Young People in Northern Ireland Author Commentary: Marina Monteith Improving Pedestrian Road Safety among Adolescents - Daphne Evans and Paul Norman An Application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour Author Commentary: Daphne Evans Young Black People Leaving Care - Lynda Ince Author Commentary: Lynda Ince Flexible Identities - Naz Rassool Exploring Race and Gender Issues Amongst a Group of Immigrant Pupils in an Inner-City Comprehensive School Author commentary: Naz Rassool Gender Play - Barrie Thorne Girls and Boys in School Author Commentary: Barrie Thorne Children in South Africa Can Make a Difference - Dev Griesel, Jill Swart-Kruger and Louise Chawla An Assessment of `Growing Up in Cities' in Johannesburg Author Commentary: Dev Griesel