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Postgraduate Course: Involving Children and Young People: Research and Participation (EDUA11407)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryInvolving children and young people in research, policy and service development is increasingly recognised, as part of a children's rights approach. This course enables students to conceptually and practically consider how to involve children and young people, through interactive and facilitated sessions. The course heightens students' awareness of ethical considerations in undertaking such work and familiarity with a range of methods and approaches used in the childhood and youth studies' field, broadly conceived. It is practically useful for those going on to practice directly with children and young people, to work in policy or to take MSc or PhD research.
Course description This course enables students to undertake ethical and effective research and participation activities, with children and young people (broadly, up to the age of 25). It is offered at an advanced level, providing opportunities to try and out and discuss a range of qualitative and quantitative methods used within childhood and youth studies .

The course is highly interactive, 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. Students are most welcome to make a brief presentation (5 minutes) on their own past research projects etc during these sessions.

Weekly sessions are organised for 2 hours. A fun, interactive Jamboree is organised mid-way through the course. This mini-conference provides an opportunities for students to engage with over 50 students and graduates, who are actively undertaking research and participation activities with children and young people, and their methods and learning.

We have extensive online resources for the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  35
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Research Proposal: (100% weighting)

Students are asked to prepare a 2 page project 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.

The marked assessment for the course is a 4,000 word project proposal. This is 100% of the final mark.
Feedback Peer feedback is provided on the 2 page project proposal. The student has the opportunity to revise this, and submit to the course organiser for feedback.

Markers provide feedback on the 4000 word project proposal.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Be able to engage with, identify and evaluate the impact of different conceptions of children and young people within research and participation activities.
  2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of a range of methods that involve children and young people in research and participation activities, including an assessment of their respective strengths and limitations.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to critically review ethical considerations and make informed judgements when undertaking research and participation activities with children and young people.
  4. Be able to assess how research and participation activities address diversity amongst children and young people and the resulting methodological and ethical implications for research and participation activities.
  5. Draw on relevant concepts and theories to articulate an informed view about differences when conducting research with children and young people, in comparison to research with adults.
Reading List
Melton, G.B, Ben-Arieh, A., Cahsmore, J., Goodman, G.S., Worley, N.K. (2014) The Sage Handbook of Child Research. Sage Publications.

Alderson, P. and Morrow, V. (2011) The Ethics of Research with Children and Young People: A practical handbook. London: Sage.

Alderson, P. and Morrow, V. (2004) Ethics, social research and consulting with children and young people. Essex: Barnardos.

Aldridge, J. (2015) Participatory research: working with vulnerable groups in research and practice. Bristol: Policy Press

Christensen, P. and James, A. (2008) Research with Children. Perspectives and Practices. 2nd edition. London: Falmer Press.

Farrell, A., Kagan, S.L., and Tisdall, E.K.M. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Research. London: Sage.

Heath, S. and Walker, C. (2012) Innovations in Youth Research, Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan.

Tisdall, E.K.M, Davis, J.M. and Gallagher, M. (2008) Research with Children and Young People: Research design, methods and analysis, London: Sage.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills To consider research and participation activities critically and present the critical analysis orally and in print
To have in-depth knowledge of, and developed abilities to apply, research skills and considerations in undertaking research and participation activities with children and young people. Particular aspects of this are:
o Project and research design
o Evaluation and practice in data collection methods with children and young people
o Ethical considerations, including the involvement of children and young people
o Discussion of the context of research, including stakeholder and funder agendas and demands
o Familiarity with data sources, with particular attention to institutional and agency records, statistics and legislative reports and articles
o Effective and ethical knowledge exchange
Course organiserProf Kay Tisdall
Tel: (0131 6)51 6415
Course secretaryMr Craig Russell
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