Engaging young children in research

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Abstract

In recent years there have been significant changes in conceptual and theoretical views of children and childhood and the expectations adults have of children (Christensen and James 2000). Current perspectives view children as competent experts on their own experiences (James and Prout 1997) who actively shape their own lives, cultures and spaces, and have a right to have a say in situations that impact on them (Lansdown 2005; United Nations 1989). This paper reflects these perspectives in reporting a range of strategies used to engage with young children in research and in reflecting on some of the methodological and ethical tensions inherent in such engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCompendium of papers and reflections
Subtitle of host publicationInvolving children and young people in research
Place of PublicationACT. Australia
PublisherARACY/ NSW Commission for Children and Young people
Pages52-63
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781921352485
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventAustralian Research Alliance for Children and Youth and the NSW Commission for Children and Young People Think Tank - unknown
Duration: 11 Nov 2008 → …

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ConferenceAustralian Research Alliance for Children and Youth and the NSW Commission for Children and Young People Think Tank
Period11/11/08 → …

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Dockett, S. (2009). Engaging young children in research. In Compendium of papers and reflections: Involving children and young people in research (pp. 52-63). ARACY/ NSW Commission for Children and Young people.