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How to Develop Children as Researchers

How to Develop Children as Researchers
A Step by Step Guide to Teaching the Research Process

March 2005 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Why teach research methodology to children?

An effective and meaningful way of enhancing children's learning, doing research empowers children to participate actively in their own education and to make original contributions to knowledge. This book's unique child-centered perspective provides an easy-to-follow model for teaching research methodology to children aged 10 upwards. Packed with practical tips and photocopiable resources for the classroom, each chapter contains:

  • A core activity designed to distill the teaching content and engage children with the main learning objectives
  • Ideas for supplementary activities, games, activities and follow-up work/homework
  • Mini boxed glossaries

What Is Research?
Learning from Other People's Research
Research Ethics
Framing a Research Question
Observation Techniques
Interview Techniques
Questionnaires and Surveys
Experimental Techniques
Analyzing Qualitative Data
Analyzing Quantitative Data
Producing a Research Report
Presentation Skills
Children As Active Researchers

`This inspirational and innovative programme will be welcomed by all those who want to teach research skills to children. Clear discussion notes, activities and games provide everything a busy teacher needs to be able to deliver the programme. No prior knowledge of research is necessary. This is an ideal resource for those who want to offer pupils the opportunity to make their voice heard through the research process' - Dr. Ruth MacConville, Head of SENS, London Borough of Ealing

Very good book which is useful if students are going to work closely with children/young people as researchers - therefore, probably more relevant at Masters/PHD level than at undergraduate level.

Dr Max Hope
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
November 5, 2012

This book addresses some important issues for supporting young children to participate in the research process. However it focuses primarily on older children, not under 5s who the Early Childhood Studies students work with.

Ms Rachel Rosen
Early Childhood, London Metropolitan University
September 29, 2011

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