Research with Children

Sultana Ali Norozi, Torill Moen


The understandings and concepts about children and childhood have an impact on the directions of child research. Research with children becomes very crucial in order to have exact understanding of children’s lives. Based on the issues involved in research with children the purpose of this paper is to present and explore theoretically, the ideas and arguments, being offered about differences between research with children and adults. Therefore with a wide description of literature about the key issues involved in research with children, the theoretical paper begins with a brief account on what is written about research with children. To elucidate the notion “research with children” the discussion will consider research ‘on’ ‘about’ ‘with’ and ‘by’ children. Further, to sketch the differences between research with children and adults, a deep exploration of the subject is bound up in three points: power dynamics, methodologies and ethical issues. Assenting that there are differences between research with children and adults, some measures derived from theoretical discussion conclude the paper.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2016.v7n3p397

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