Postgraduate Course: Listening to Children: Research and Consultation (PGSP11012)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course aims to heighten students' awareness of ethical consideration in undertaking research with children and familiarity with approaches to research that have been tailored to children. Building on a prior foundation in methods of social research, it aims to enable students to undertake empirical research with children, for their MSc dissertation if desired.
This course enables students to undertake ethical and effective research and consultation, with children (broadly, up to the age of 18). It is offered at an advanced level, providing hands-on opportunities to try and out and discuss a range of qualitative and quantitative methods used within childhood studies research and participation activities. This course aims to heighten students' awareness of ethical consideration in undertaking research with children and familiarity with approaches to research that have been tailored to children. Building on a prior foundation in methods of social research, it aims to enable students to undertake empirical research with children, for their MSc dissertation if desired.
The course has hands-on opportunities, addressing such methods as ethnography, cohort studies, 'participatory' methods, co-production with children and young people, as well as ethics and how to construct an effective research proposal.
The course has weekly face-to-face sessions, which involve both individual and group tasks. You are most welcome to make a brief presentation (5 minutes) on your own past research projects etc during these sessions.
Weekly sessions are organised for 2 hours, followed by an optional hour where students can organise reading groups, address particular questions (e.g. forms for ethics committees) and discussion.
A fun, interactive 'Jamboree' is organised mid-way through the course. This mini-conference provides an opportunities for you to engage with over 50 students and graduates, who are actively undertaking research and consultation with children, and their methods and learning.
We have extensive online resources for the course, including:
- Top tips
- Case studies
- Web links
- Glossary of research methods terms
- Video clips of interviewing children and young people
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The marked assessment for the course is a 4,000 word research proposal. This is 100% of the final mark.
||Students are asked to prepare a 2 page research proposal, for peer review in week 5 of the course. Students can submit a revised version to the Course Organisers, on an agreed date subsequently; in return, the Course Organisers provide formative feedback.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Know the range of ethical considerations in undertaking research and consultation with children and be able to evaluate various methods to ensure ethical research and consultation take place
- Be able to reflect critically on the impact of different conceptual understandings of childhood underlying research on children
- Be sensitive to variations amongst children (by such factors as disability, gender, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and age), that potentially affect research and consultations with them
- Be aware of various methods by which to elicit views from children and to evaluate the methods' limitations and advantages
- Have an informed view on the extent to which conducting research with children is significantly different from conducting research with adults
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Kay Tisdall
Tel: (0131 6)51 6415
|Course secretary||Miss Jemma Auns
Tel: (0131 6) 50 24 56