Book review : Kellett, M (2010) Rethinking children and research : attitudes in contemporary society

Theobald, Maryanne Agnes (2011) Book review : Kellett, M (2010) Rethinking children and research : attitudes in contemporary society. Australian Educational Researcher.

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Rethinking Children and Research characterizes Mary Kellett’s vision as campaigner and sociologist actively working for and with children for many years. The book itself is not only visionary; it is informative, thought provoking and pragmatic. From a contemporary standpoint, the manuscript presents a detailed synopsis of the shifts in thinking about research with children and provides an appraisal of the theoretical movements that have driven a participatory research agenda. A strong theoretical approach of the combined lenses of sociologies of childhood and rights discourse is introduced early in the book. From the outset, the reader receives loud and clear, the key message of the book: that children in research should and can be included as competent members who lead research in the study of their everyday lives. The argument for a more mutual research approach is shaped throughout the book using research examples and practical suggestions on how this might be achieved. Overall, the reader is left feeling compelled to adopt such an approach.

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ID Code: 40246
Item Type: Review
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: research, children, participatory methods, competent child, children's rights, sociology of childhood
ISSN: 0311-6999
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Australian Association for Research in Education
Deposited On: 21 Feb 2011 22:03
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2012 21:45

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