LAI 670 Methods of Child Study

Child development and educational research has often been focused on “children as the objects of research rather than children as subject, on child-related outcomes rather than child-related process an on child variables rather than children as persons” (Greene & Hill, 2005, p.1). In order to provide a better-informed educational experience for children, we need to truly value their perspectives and understand their lived experience. From post-positivist perspectives, this research methods course explores theories, methods and ethics of studying children. It specifically addresses challenges in studying children’s perspective and experiences by examining different views of children, childhood and development and exploring appropriate research methods and techniques. Students discuss other important issues, such as the distinction between methodological commitment and methods, mixed methods, role of theory, data analysis and writing. This course covers age groups ranging from early childhood to early teens. Participants will study the efforts of others who have studied children, as well as conduct a mini-study of children in different contexts based on their own interests.

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