Research with Children

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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.

Table of contents

Half Title
Publisher Note
Title Page
Copyright Page
Illustration List
Illustration List
About the Authors
Illustration List
1 Introduction: Setting the Context
Part 1 Preliminary Issues
2 Cultural and Diversity Issues
3 Ethics in Child Research
4 Children’s Capacity to Make Decisions
Part 2 Starting a Research Project with Children
5 Planning to do Research with Children
6 Getting Started in Research with Children
7 Children with Specific Characteristics
8 Recruiting Children and Families: Communicating with Gatekeepers, Parents and Children
Part 3 Practical Issues
9 Choosing a Method for your Research
10 Quantitative Methods of Data Collection and Analysis
11 Qualitative Methods of Data Collection and Analysis
12 Writing up and Dissemination
Answers to the Activities

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