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April 8, 2022


180 Days


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This course, Issues in research with children and young people, considers the aims and range of research with children and young people. Students consider how their own views and understandings about childhood and youth have arisen.


Many people express their opinions about the lives of children and young people, whether from the first-hand experience of their own families, from working with children or engaging with accounts in the media. Research with children and young people offers different possibilities for investigating the reality of childhood in different contexts from the local to the global. This course considers various reasons for carrying out such research and investigates the possible influence of our own views and experiences of childhood and youth. Different definitions of research are explored through first-hand accounts by researchers across a range of disciplines and studies, from the small-scale to international studies studying children's lives across several countries. Attention is drawn to the role of both researchers and participants, raising issues about how children and young people can be directly involved in the research process.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Consider the aims and range of childhood and youth research from small-scale to international studies
  • Reflect on personal views and perspectives on childhood and youth
  • Review different approaches to childhood and youth research
  • Consider the roles of the researcher, children and young people within the research process.

Course Curriculum

    • What does childhood and youth research mean? 00:40:00
    • Images of childhood and youth 00:40:00
    • What counts as research? 01:15:00
    • Identifying the researcher’s role 01:00:00
    • A contemporary research example 03:20:00
    • Conclusion 00:05:00

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