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This free course, Introducing observational approaches in research with children and young people, introduces you to analysing academic writing and, in particular, the way an article might be structured to clearly explain an investigation to other researchers. It explores observation of children and young people using qualitative observation approaches in small-scale studies.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand observation as a research method
- reflect on an experience of research studies with children which use observation as a data collection tool
- understand the difference between a quantitative and qualitative approach to research
- distinguish between describing and explaining in a research study.
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Introducing observational approaches in research with children and young people
This course introduces you to analysing academic writing and, in particular, the way an article might be structured to clearly explain an investigation to other researchers. It explores the issue of observation of children and young people across the age range birth to 18 years using qualitative observation approaches in small-scale studies.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of level 3 study in
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Professional Development in Education courses or view the range of currently available OU Professional Development in Education courses.
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Originally published: Wednesday, 17th February 2016
Last updated on: Wednesday, 17th February 2016
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