Research with Children: Perspectives and Practices

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Pia Monrad Christensen, Allison James
Psychology Press, 2000 - Education - 272 pages
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Sociologists can choose from an increasingly diverse range of methods in their research with children. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the methodological innovations and development in the field, both qualitative and quantitative. An ideal text for undergraduates and graduates in the social sciences, it brings together original perspectives from around Europe. The contributors explore many ideas: childhood as text; historical and phenomenological perspectives; ethnography and social action; techniques and technicians; macro perspectives in childhood research; policy and practice in childhood research.
 

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Contents

Cultures of Communication
1
Dilemmas of Psychological Research with Children
9
Problems of Identification and Interpretation
36
3 Zeitgeist Research on Childhood
62
4 Macroanalysis of Childhood
77
The Challenge for Quantitative Methods
98
Working with Generational Issues
120
Facilitating Childrens Views about Decisions which Affect Them
136
Some Methodological Insights
160
A Reflection on a Longitudinal Ethnography of Early Education in Italy
179
Developing a Reflexive Approach
201
and Hearing Them
225
The Effects of Participation Rights on Research Methodology
241
Notes on Contributors
258
Index
262
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A Colorado native, Allison James graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1983 with an undergraduate degree in Geophysical Engineering. She has lived, worked and traveled across Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe, Australia, South America, and North America. After more than a decade abroad, Allison returned to the United States, where she earned her Master's Degree in Marketing. As a writer, Allison has contributed to the publication Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, was a columnist for the Durango Herald, and has acted as both editor of and contributor to the book, Stories of Women. Allison has two grown daughters and currently lives and works in Durango, Colorado.

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