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Practical Research with Children

1st Edition

Edited by Jess Prior, Jo Van Herwegen


308 pages | 34 B/W Illus.

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Practical Research with Children is designed to help the reader understand techniques for research with children, based on real world experience. The book describes a wide range of research methods, focusing equally on quantitative and qualitative approaches, and considers how different methods can be integrated. It highlights the benefits and challenges of each method and gives emphasis to best practice, with expert guidance on how to avoid potential pitfalls in order to obtain valuable insights into how children develop.

The volume includes fifteen chapters arranged over three sections. Each chapter explores a particular method, or combination of methods, and discusses both theoretical and practical issues, using a diversity of domains, including different ages, cultures, populations and settings. Uniquely, the book includes newer methods (such as eye tracking and digital technologies) alongside well-established behavioural methods which are used for research with children.

With contributions from internationally renowned researchers and practitioners from a range of disciplines, the book will be indispensable reading for a wide audience, including for students in psychology, education and nursing undertaking research projects with children, and also for anyone looking to understand the research behind current theories in child development.


"Practical Research with Children is a highly informative text regarding the various methods that can be employed to investigate issues within Developmental Psychology. Not only will readers gain knowledge of individual methods, but they may also succeed in learning how unique methods can complement each other and consider a mixed or multi methods approach to their research…This book is no doubt a valuable addition to anyone who conducts research within the field of Developmental Psychology. However it should not be pigeon holed to only Developmental researchers as it could offer a useful perspective and great deal of knowledge to those who investigate issues surrounding children in other areas of psychology." — Tamsyn Hawken, Psychology Teaching Review

Table of Contents

Part 1 Quantitative methods in research with children 1. Researching cognitive development in infancy, Caspar Addyman & Luke Mason 2. The use of eye tracking with infants and children, Sam V. Wass 3. Imaging the developing human brain using functional and structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Methodological and practical guidelines, Stephan E. Vogel, Anna A. Matejko, & Daniel Ansari 4. Standardised and experimental psychological tasks: issues and solutions for research with children, Harry Purser & Jo Van Herwegen 5. Researching children’s conversations, Harriet Tenenbaum, Patrick Leman, Ana Aznar, & Cheryl To Part 2 Qualitative methods in research with children 6. The use of semi-structured interviews with young children, Jess Prior 7. Ethnographic studies of young children, Eva Gulløv & Libeth Ljosdal Skreland 8. Qualitative research with a ‘Double Life’: A mixed methods approach to research and advocacy with adolescents, Jayme Hannay, Robert Dudley, Stephanie Milan, Paula Kellogg Leibovitz, & Valerie L. Rodino 9. Novel and creative qualitative methodologies with children, Karen Winter Part 3 Mixed methods designs in research with children 10. Counting in context: Studying children's everyday talk by combining numbers and words, Douglas E. Sperry & Linda L. Sperry 11. Using mixed methods in developmental psychology: From scale errors to death, Karl Rosengren, Isabel T. Gutiérrez, & Matthew J Jiang 12. The use of Q sort methodology in research with teenagers, Larry Owens 13. Methodologies for paediatric sleep research in typical and atypical populations, Frances Le Cornu Knight & Dagmara Dimitriou 14. Digital and new technologies: Research tools and questions, David Messer & Natalia Kucirkova 15. Ethical issues and further thoughts, Lindsay O’Dell & Charlotte Brownlow

About the Editors

Jess Prior is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Kingston University, UK.

Jo Van Herwegen is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Kingston University, UK

About the Series

Research Methods in Developmental Psychology: A Handbook Series

Research Methods in Developmental Psychology is a series of edited books focusing upon research challenges for conducting research in developmental psychology. Ideally suited to both students coming to this area for the first time and more experienced researchers each volume provides an invaluable overview of research in this growing field, and how it can inform both education and interventions. Volumes include research challenges in neurodevelopmental disorders, child development and gerontology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Child