Applying human rights to children’s participation in research

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How can ideas and concepts from human rights inform and challenge ways of undertaking research with children? Over the last twenty years, there has been a significant ‘turn’ in the social sciences and related disciplines, to undertaking research with rather than research on children. This turn has several strands: developing ‘participative’ or ‘creative’ methodologies to work directly with children; an intense and extensive focus on ethics; expanding the ways children can be involved in research, from participants to advisers, experts and researchers; and a research objective to present children’s ‘voice’. This chapter will examine such strands, to consider current challenges and tensions, utilising ideas and concepts from human rights. In particular, it will consider how the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities can challenge conceptualisations of capacity and competence, communication and voice, and research ethics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSeen and Heard
Subtitle of host publicationExploring Participation, Engagement and Voice for Children with Disabilities
EditorsMiriam Twomey, Clare Carroll
PublisherPeter Lang
ISBN (Electronic)9781787075184
ISBN (Print)9781787075160
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2018


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