Researching Children's Perspectives

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· McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
Ebook
239
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About this ebook

"This is a book which I will return to over time. It carries a powerful, and empowering, message about the task of researching children's views...(It) deserves to find an automatic place in staffroom libraries. I happily recommed it." - Support for Learning"

The 1990s have been marked by a growing emphasis, in various professional contexts, on obtaining the views of clients, including children. This position is an international one, shared across the developed world, and encapsulated in the UN Convention on the rights of the child. This book addresses the issues and practicalities surrounding the obtaining of children's views, particularly in the research context. The book takes a deliberately and explicitly pluralist stance. Its distinctiveness rests on the scrutiny of methodological issues pertaining to the collection of children's views and practical applications. The book is structured around two main sections. Section 1 examines five aspects of theoretical and conceptual issues (ethical issues and codes of conduct, children's rights, the legal perspective, developmental dimensions and sociological issues). Section 2 illustrates these aspects by focusing on methods and applications in obtaining children's views in specific projects.

The book is aimed at researchers and graduate students in psychology, social sciences, education, health and law. It will also be of value to a range of professionals involved in eliciting children's views (e.g. psychologists, teachers, social workers, medical workers and the police).

About the author

Ann Lewis is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Warwick. Her current research includes a study of invidivualism and collectivism in young children, evaluation of ICT based approaches to overcoming reading difficulties and a critique of the concept of special needs pedagogy. She is a chartered psychologist and her recent publications include Primary Special Needs and the National Curriculum (Routledge, 1995) and Children's Understanding of Disability (Routledge, 1995).

Geoff Lindsay is Professor of Special Educational Needs and Educational Psychology at the University of Warwick. He is Director of the Psychology and Special Needs Research Unit and a chartered psychologist. He is currently carrying out research into children with specific speech and language difficulties; baseline assessment of 5 year olds; support services for secondary pupils presenting problem behaviour; and ethical dilemmas of psychologists and psychotherapists. Geoff's recent publications include Values into Practice in Special Education (David Fulton, 1997) and Baseline Assessment: Practice, Problems and Priorities (with Martin Desforges; David Fulton, 1998).

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