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Researching Children's Experience

Researching Children's Experience
Approaches and Methods

Edited by:
  • Sheila Greene - University of Dublin Trinity College, Ireland
  • Diane Hogan - University of Dublin Trinity College, Ireland

January 2005 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
How should the researcher approach the sensitive subject of the child? What are the ethical issues involved in researching children's experiences? In essays written by a collection of key international authors, Researching Children's Experience addresses these questions, and examines up-to-date methodological and conceptual approaches to researching children. This book serves as a practical, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary guide for advanced students and researchers exploring a range of studies, and the theoretical and ethical motivations behind them.

The book is divided into three coherent sections:

  • Conceptual, methodological and ethical issues in researching children's experiences
  • Methods for conducting research with children
  • The generation and analysis of text

Researching Children's Experience provides examples of how researchers from a variety of social science perspectives have set about carrying out research into children's experience. Useful to students embarking on a research project, and to experienced researchers wishing to explore new methods, Greene and Hogan's book is an essential addition to anyone doing research on children. It will be especially useful to those in developmental psychology, education, nursing and other disciplines interested in studying children's experience.

Sheila Greene and Malcolm Hill
Researching Children's Experience
Methods and Methodological Issues

Diane Hogan
Researching `The Child' in Developmental Psychology
Pia Christensen and Alan Prout
Researching Children and Childhood
Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives

Malcolm Hill
Ethical Considerations in Researching Children's Experiences
Judy Dunn
Naturalistic Observations of Children in Their Families
Jonathan Tudge and Diane Hogan
An Ecological Approach to Naturalistic Observations of Children's Everyday Lives
Ruth Emond
Ethnographic Methods with Children and Young People
Helen Westcott and Karen Littleton
Exploring Meaning through Interviews with Children
Annie Rogers
Interviewing Children Using an Interpretive Poetics
Pam Alldred and Erica Burman
Analysing Children's Accounts using Discourse-Analysis
Susan Engel
Narrative Analysis of Children's Experience
Tom Danaher and Marc Briod
Phenomenological Approaches to Research with Children
Eilis Hennessy and Caroline Heary
Exploring Children's Views through Focus Groups
Angela Veale
Creative Methodologies in Participatory Research with Children

Researching children, and particularly children's experiences is a complex task. This book targets this very important and difficult area.

Dr Petra Boström
Department of Psychology, Gothenburg University
February 15, 2018

This book is well written and drives the reader to really consider a variety of aspects of research and the child's experiences. The referencing at the end of each chapter is really helpful to direct the students development in reading and further investigation.

Mrs Dawn Burnham
Early Years, Farnborough College of Technology
June 16, 2017

As previously stated...

Dr Gianina-Ioana Postavaru
Psychology, Bishop Grosseteste University
October 4, 2016

Interesting text for those students who wish to pursue a career in children's research

Dr Sian Walley
Liverpool Dental School, Liverpool University
September 21, 2015

A very useful book with a great deal of theoretical review and practical suggestions.

Professor Raquel Ribeiro
CAPP, Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas
July 9, 2014

A very good and useful book on qualitative research with children. It is located within the field of childhood studies but offers fruitful perspectives on how qualitative research can also be applied to developmental psychology projects.

Dr Carolin Demuth
Communication & Psychology Department, Aalborg University
May 26, 2014

helpful for students working in an early years context

Mr Cathal Butler
School of Education, Bedfordshire University
April 8, 2014

This is an excellent book on research methods used sensitively with children. It is scientific and ethical and is a superb all round text for teachers, play therapists and other professionals working with children. It is particularly good for advanced researchers in the area of early years care and education.

Dr Tom O'Connor
Social and General Studies, Cork Institute of Technology
August 7, 2013

This is a useful text for those students wanting to consolidate their understanding of educational research, particularly in early years settings. Comprehensive and informative.

Mrs Branwen Bingle
Institute of Education, Worcester University
March 27, 2013

Excellent text for any researcher keen to do research with children.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Newport School of Education, University of Wales, Newport
March 26, 2013

Sheila Greene

Sheila Greene is co-founder of the Children's Research Centre (with Professor Robbie Gilligan). She has been actively involved in the Centre in various capacities since 1991 and became the Centre's Director on 1st October 2004. Sheila graduated from Trinity in Psychology and Philosophy and trained as a clinical psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. She was the Head Psychologist on the Maternal and Infant Health Study at the Children's Hospital in Boston and a staff member of Harvard Medical School before returning to the Psychology Department in Trinity as a lecturer. She has been involved in the establishment and... More About Author

Diane Hogan

Research Interests:Developmental psychology, parenting and parent-child relationships, research methods with children, developmental psychopathology. More About Author

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