Issues in research with children and young people
Issues in research with children and young people

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Issues in research with children and young people

5 A contemporary research example

Over the years, non-western (‘majority’ world) cultures have been less well researched, which in itself indicates the historical dominance of the minority world. Latterly, this imbalance has begun to be addressed, and many large- and small-scale research projects have enriched understandings of childhood and youth in different societies and cultures around the world. One such project is the international study, Young Lives, which is described in Activity 5.

The Young Lives project: researching poverty

Activity 5

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The Young Lives project: We the ‘Future’

Public and professional interest in children’s lives can be limited to specific areas such as education, health or welfare and lead to a fragmented view of what it means to be a child or young person. An alternative approach is to aim to take a wider perspective and study the ‘whole’ lives of children and young people. Using the notes you have made in response to Activity 1, reflect on how the Young Lives project considers the ‘whole’ lives of children and young people. These themes are presented in the documentary film We the ‘Future’ (in Activity 6) which highlights some of the key research findings from the Young Lives India Round 3 survey data (2009).

Activity 6

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