Date of Submission

12-2012

Abstract

This qualitative study provided a group of experienced researchers the opportunity to reflect on their practice and the practice of research with children in Australia: to consider how they understand children and childhood; and how their research is underpinned and influenced by the assumptions they hold. It asked researchers to consider how factors in the research environment (i.e. funding bodies, ethics committees, the broader academic field) influenced their research practice: the tensions that they have encountered and navigated their way through the often complex and 'messy' world of children's research. The study highlighted the ways in which ‘vulnerability’, ‘competence’ and ‘participation’ are understood by the various players within the research field, and the tensions that exist when contradictory views emerge. It promotes reflexive practice as a way of managing theoretical and ethical tensions and creating new conceptions of childhood.

School/Institute

School of Arts and Sciences

Document Type

Thesis

Access Rights

Open Access

Extent

390 pages

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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