An Analytical Tool to Help Researchers Develop Partnerships with Children and Adolescents

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Title: An Analytical Tool to Help Researchers Develop Partnerships with Children and Adolescents
Authors: Shier, Harry
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Date: 2019
Online since: 2021-03-23T10:11:53Z
Abstract: All researchers whose research involves children and adolescents have decisions to make about how and when to engage with those involved in and/or affected by their research; who to engage with and who to leave out. This paper offers a tool that researchers can use to help them address these issues in a purposeful and ethical way. The paper discusses earlier work on child-rights-based approaches to research which influenced the approach taken here. However the main inspiration for the proposal was the author’s own research with children working on coffee plantations in Nicaragua; in particular the Transformative Research by Children and Adolescents methodology that was used, and the critical reflection on method¬ology prompted by this experience. The tool is presented as a matrix which can be used for planning and designing, as well as evaluating research. It seeks to foster coherent critical thinking around three related dimensions: At what stage in a research process should researchers seek to engage with children and adolescents? What type of engagement is appropriate, particularly in relation to the sharing of decision-making power? And finally who is included in the process and who is excluded? The matrix is used to carry out a reappraisal of a recent research project by the author, showing how this analysis can shed light on a number of issues that might not otherwise be given sufficient attention.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Information Age
Start page: 295
End page: 315
Keywords: Children in researchAdolescentsParticipationChildren's rightsResearch methodologiesNicaragua
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Berson, I., Berson, M., Gray, C. (eds.)., Participatory Methodologies to Elevate Children's Voice and Agency
ISBN: 1641135468
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