Introducing observational approaches in research with children and young people
Introducing observational approaches in research with children and young people

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Introducing observational approaches in research with children and young people


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Punch, K.F (1998) pp178-182 from ‘Introduction to Social Research, Quantitative & Qualitative Approaches’ Sage Publications Ltd.

Elizabeth Coates (2002) ‘“I Forgot the Sky!” Children’s Stories Contained Within Their Drawings’ in the Reality of Research with Children and Young People, (eds) Vicky Lewis, Mary Kellett, Chris Robinson, Sandy Fraser, Sharon Ding, The Open University in association with Sage Publications, 2004.

Wataru Takei (2001) ‘How do Deaf Infants Attain First Signs?’ Developmental Science, 4, pp.71-78, Blackwell

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