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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC5862M Research with Children and Young People

30 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Professor Pia Christensen
Email: P.Christensen@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This core module will introduce you to methodological issues raised in research with children and young people and a range of methods that can be used in such research. You will also develop a critical appreciation of their uses and limitations. The module will consider the ontological and epistemological frameworks guiding research with children (as objects, subjects, actors, co-researchers) – and demonstrate the implications of these for the research methods you use. You will cover main forms of research including ethnography (participant observation and adjunct techniques), surveys (including sampling, questionnaires, interviews), and intervention/evaluation research. You will be shown how to analyse both qualitative and quantitative data. Throughout the module emphasis is placed on how different methods have been employed in research with children and young people and how engaging in research with children entails entering into dialogue with them through the 'cultures of communication' that characterise their everyday life. These issues are also examined in relation to consultations with children and the ethics of research with children and young people. The module is taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and a range of online activities. The module ends with two workshops in which you will be able to rehearse what you have learned and discuss the specific questions raised by your assessment task.This module will ensure that you have the research skills and understanding needed to undertake research with children and young people in a range of settings.This module complements and enhances the training you will receive on EDUC5060M as part of your Critical Studies module.

Objectives

It aims to:
- Consider the ontological and epistemological issues that arise in research with children and young people;
- Consider ethnographic and survey forms of research and their use in research with children and young people;
- Consider the methodological issues that arise in policy-related and other consultation processes with children and young people;
- Consider the issues that arise in intervention and evaluation studies involving children and young people, including the uses and limits of experimental logic;
- Consider the ethical and sensitive issues that arise in research with children and young people and how these may be handled;
- Consider the development of research designs and analytical strategies in research with children and young people;
- Provide an opportunity to produce data with children and young people and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the method chosen.
- To complement the research training of EDUC5060M with specialist input around methodological debates in childhood and youth studies.

Learning outcomes
It aims to:
- Consider the ontological and epistemological issues that arise in research with children and young people;
- Consider ethnographic and survey forms of research and their use in research with children and young people;
- Consider the methodological issues that arise in policy-related and other consultation processes with children and young people;
- Consider the issues that arise in intervention and evaluation studies involving children and young people, including the uses and limits of experimental logic;
- Consider the ethical and sensitive issues that arise in research with children and young people and how these may be handled;
- Consider the development of research designs and analytical strategies in research with children and young people;
- Provide an opportunity to produce data with children and young people and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the method chosen.
- To complement the research training of EDUC5060M with specialist input around methodological debates in childhood and youth studies.

Skills outcomes
Tailoring the use of social science research methods to their use with specific groups of children and young people by considering the circumstances of their everyday lives and understanding their cultures of communication in order to enter into dialogue with them.


Syllabus

Week 1: Introduction to Module
Weeks 2 and 3: Ethnography of Children and Young People 1
Weeks 4 and 5: Survey Methods with Children and Young People
Week 6 : Longitudinal Design and Cohort Studies
Week 7: Consultation with Children and and Young People
Week 8 and 9: Intervention and Evaluation Studies
Weeks 10: Ethical and Sensitive Issues in Research with Children and Young People
Weeks 11 and 12: Workshops on Assessment Task





Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Workshop32.006.00
Lecture92.0018.00
Seminar32.006.00
Private study hours270.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Tailoring the use of social science research methods to their use with specific groups of children and young people by considering the circumstances of their everyday lives and understanding their cultures of communication in order to enter into dialogue with them.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative assessment is conducted during the activities and discussion conducted in the weekly sessions and in the three seminar discussions. These will enable students to ask questions, clarify issues and for the tutor to monitor student progress. Specific support for the assessment assignment will be provided in two workshops towards the end of the module and in one-to-one meetings between tutors and students.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectReport 6000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/09/2016

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