The future of children's rights, educational research and the UNCRC in a digital world: Possibilities and prospects

Gillett-Swan, Jenna K. & Coppock, Vicki (2016) The future of children's rights, educational research and the UNCRC in a digital world: Possibilities and prospects. In Gillett-Swan, Jenna K. & Coppock, Vicki (Eds.) Children's Rights, Educational Research and the UNCRC: past, present and future. Symposium Books, United Kindgom, pp. 141-159.

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Abstract

This chapter provides a critical discussion of how the UNCRC can shape methodological practices in educational research and how existing practices may be influenced with the ready access to, and development of, digital technologies. Key issues surrounding how the UNCRC is and should be informing educational research practices are discussed and contextualised within ethical and methodological positionings. In utilising a children’s rights frame, this chapter further explores the opportunities and tensions that the UNCRC creates for educational researchers. While the availability of technology may increase the potential for actualising participatory methods that are more responsive to the methods that children seek to engage with in their free time, it also presents a number of challenges from an ethical and methodological standpoint. Technology changes the way in which individuals and communities interact with one another and the outside world. Both children’s and adults’ everyday lifeworlds are filled with a balance between the ‘real’ world and the cyber world and as the line between these two worlds is increasingly blurred, new opportunities for researchers seeking to understand children’s lifeworlds in different contexts may be presented.

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ID Code: 95753
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: children's rights, technology, UNCRC, educational research, methodology
ISBN: 9781873927953
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Symposium Books
Deposited On: 24 May 2016 23:07
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2017 00:17

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