1 What does childhood and youth research mean?
This course begins by addressing what childhood and youth research actually means in Activity 1.
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Much research has been carried out to examine the lives of children and young people, some of which has been influential on policy and practice. Childhood and youth research provides different ways of understanding children, young people and their families, as well as raising important questions about widely accepted assumptions in a range of fields (e.g. in health care, education and social work), such as:
- What sort of contribution can childhood and youth research make?
- What are its purposes?
- What role should children and young people play in research, and how might this be different to the role that adults play?
- What considerations need to be taken into account in designing research?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the various methods available?
- How does research with children and young people connect with policymaking and practice that are relevant to the lives of children and young people?