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Research With Children And Young People

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This essay will outline and evaluate the role of ‘Listening to Children’ (Walker, Crawford, & Taylor, 2008) in the current paper and reflect on other relevant research on the ‘voices’ of children and young people. Firstly it will discuss the methods which can be used to write a literature review, leading on to critiquing the research contained in the journal article. When beginning a literature review it is important to identify the methodological assumptions and research strategies that have been adopted for constructing the research (Hart, 1998). Methodology is a system of methods used to collect data and provides a starting ...view middle of the document...

The purpose of the research project was to explore how children and young people of single-parent families understand and experience their world as members of these families. It also looks at what extent the children have experienced poverty and social exclusion and how they cope with the challenges that this confronts them with. The article was published in 2008 which currently makes the information five years old. However research would have been undertaken a few years before as the article references information from 2004 up to 2006. Furthermore this may not be giving useful up to date data which can be compared to today’s research on children and young people (Aveyard, 2007). Although the article has backed up researched evidence with data cited from The Office of National Statistics dated in 2006, it is still more than three years out of date as Aveyard (2007, p.102) cites Whitlock et al. (2008) “reviews are often out of date within three to five years or even less”. An equally important point to raise is that the paper was written in 2008 which was just before the time that the global financial recession was declared in December of the same year (Myers, 2012). The data is therefore no longer as appropriate as it would have been when comparing it to similar modern examples.

Reflecting on what kind of document the article is impacts on the reliability of the source. For example, a newspaper article from the Times would not be academically reviewed unlike a fictional book. Where this article has been written by three authors who have all obtained an education at a higher level with either a university degree or a masters qualification, it is apparent that it has been academically assessed before being published and therefore could possibly provide reliable evidence. Literature is commonly reviewed by one or two experts in an associated field and it is not always possible for an expert to know every aspect about any particular topic (Aveyard, 2007). However the additional authors of the article also have an influence on the way in which the information is portrayed. In the article ‘Listening to Children’ the authors are part of the Single Parent Action Network, which would seemingly make the information slightly biased based on the fact that the Single Parent Action Network is a group who support single mothers and always have the best interests of the single-parent and child at heart.

The article quotes “women are highly vulnerable to being dependant on benefits or working in low paid employment” (Walker, Crawford, & Taylor, 2008, p. 430). This is a statement along with many others within the publication which has not been referenced with other sources to ensure reliability. The authors are educated, well informed people of good standing, and it is likely that they have not personally experienced being on state benefits or on a poorly paid salary; they are simply making an assumption which may potentially be highly influenced...

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