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Researching Young People's Lives

Researching Young People's Lives

March 2009 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Researching Young People's Lives provides an overview of some of the key methodological challenges facing youth researchers and an introduction to the broad repertoire of methods used in youth-orientated research.

The book is split into two sections. In the first half of the book, the authors consider the broad methodological and contextual concerns of relevance to the design and conduct of youth research, including ethical issues, the importance of context, and the rise of participatory approaches to youth research. The second part of the book focuses on the use of specific research methods in the conduct of youth research, ranging from surveys and secondary analysis through to interviewing, ethnography, visual methods, and the use of the internet in youth research. Throughout the book, the emphasis is on research in practice, and examples are drawn from recent youth research projects from a wide range of disciplines and substantive areas, and from a range of both UK and non-UK contexts.

This is an ideal introduction to the field for novice researchers, in particular students studying and researching in the broad area of youth studies. It will also appeal to practitioners engaged in evaluation of service provision to young people, and to established youth researchers who might wish to explore the potential of using a different set of methods to those with which they are already familiar.
Researching Young People's Lives: An Introduction
Ethical Practice in Youth Research
Researching Across Difference
Involving Young People in Research
Qualitative Interviewing
Ethnographic Approaches
Visual Methods
Using Secondary Data
Using the Internet for Youth Research
Appendix: A Compendium of Web-based Resources for Youth Researchers

The book is accessible, showcases a good range of methods and engages with a number of contemporary methodological debates and developments
British Journal of Sociology of Education

The chapters included in the book are thoughtful and engaging, employing accessible language, useful (and not overbearing) suggestions for further reading, and well-selected examples from previously published works which are woven throughout the text to illustrate the discussion
Children's Geographies

[Researching Young People's Lives] has integrity and remains accessible to those without extensive experience of research in this field. It is a text that strikes a good balance between context and methods. As it is authored rather than edited, the book has a noticeable narrative spine which follows through each chapter. Few books of this kind, of high academic rigour and aimed at an academic audience, manage to integrate accounts of research in practice which give a personal and meaningful overview of methods. This book therefore makes a strong contribution to theb field; written in anaccessible and open style with much to offer to those with an interest in the study of young people’s lives
International Journal of SocialResearch Methodology

I enjoyed this book and will include it in the reading for our development fieldwork module which requires a more practically-oriented book with good examples.

Dr Nicola Banks
Institute of Development Policy and Management, Univ. of Manchester
May 28, 2015

This is a very useful book which some of our students will find useful when completing homework which requires research with young people. It will not be required for all students to read but is a useful resource for those wishing to pursue work in this field.

Miss Joanna Sharpen
Children and young people's project, AVA (against violence and abuse)
April 17, 2014

This is an accessible, rigorous and balanced text which explores research with children and young people with passion. A core text for students and professionals alike.

Miss Jessica Clark
School of Applied Social Science, University Campus Suffolk
March 7, 2012

Will be very useful for our Youth Studies students. Clear account of research with young people.

Mr David James
Suffolk School of Social Sciences, University Campus Suffolk
January 26, 2011

Useful addition to range of research courses in my dept Childhood studies, Youth and community work and education Studies

Dr Keith Cranwell
Education & Community Studies, Greenwich University
October 8, 2010

Excellent text. Very suitable for this particular unit.

Miss Orlagh Mccabe
Dept of Interdisciplinary Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University
June 1, 2010

An excellent text which will be of immense benefit to early career researchers.

Mr Peter McNee
School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University
November 17, 2009

A well structured book useful for students conducting research in this are

Dr Eleanor Peters
Law , Edge Hill University
October 27, 2009

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Rachel Brooks

Rachel Brooks is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Sociology Department at the University of Surrey in the UK and co-editor of Sociological Research Online. She has carried out a wide range of research projects on different aspects of education, with a particular focus on higher education and lifelong learning. Most recently, her research has focussed on: international student mobility; the funding of higher education; and a cross-national comparison of the experiences of university students with parental responsibilities. Rachel also has a strong interest in research methods. She co-authored Researching Young People’s Lives (Sage,... More About Author

Elizabeth Cleaver

Prof. Elizabeth Cleaver is Professor of Learning and Teaching at the University of the West of England, UK (UWE) where she has built and leads the University’s Academic Practice Directorate: the central hub for the support, development and enhancement of academic programmes and practice. Over a career spanning 23 years she has taught, written and researched in sociology and education. Her early academic career was in the discipline of sociology where she specialised in the area of youth transitions to adulthood (early works are published in name Kenyon). It was during this period that her interest in disciplinary teaching approaches, and... More About Author

Eleanor Ireland

Eleanor is a Research Director in the Children and Young People group at NatCen.  She has worked at NatCen for four years and works on both qualitative and quantitative projects.  Her research areas at NatCen include parental separation and child support, and anti-social behaviour.  Prior to NatCen she worked at the National Foundation for Educational Research where she carried out qualitative and quantitative research with children, young people and adults in a range of policy areas. More About Author

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