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Understanding research with children and young people
Understanding research with children and young people

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1 Taking that first step

Where do you start? As with any first step, it is wise to see if you can find some support, or someone with experience that you can turn to as you shape your ideas and get your project off the ground.

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You have already met Meera, who was researching in a school with Year 7 students. Watch her now as she talks about getting started with a project. What sources of support does she mention? Does she give the impression that doing a research project can be a lonely business?

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Activity 1

Timing: Allow approximately 15 minutes.


You have to make an application to do a research project.


It is possible to do a research project on your own.


The Research Journal is a good source of support for teachers carrying out research in Education.


Teachers have found it difficult to get support from colleagues in school.


Doing research has proved a good way of disseminating findings and sharing good practice in the school.


Teachers can contribute the findings from their projects to the Journal.

The correct answers are b, c, e and f.

Knowing where you can find the sort of support Meera is talking about will be a tremendous help to you, particularly as you get started. If you are not working in a school environment, take some time, now, to think about what support is available to you. Is there a Research Journal in your area of expertise? Might you join with a colleague to do your project? Do you know a friend or colleague who has already carried out some research in your area and might be willing to advise or guide you?