Course - Methodology in Child and Childhood Research - BARN8200
BARN8200 - Methodology in Child and Childhood Research
Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021
The course will provide an overview and theoretically discuss the various steps in a research process, such as data collection, analysis, interpretation and the making of a research text. The possibilities and limitations related to the use of different methods will be addressed. Children's perspectives within research involve the exploration of children's everyday lives from children's perspectives and experiences. A grassroot's perspective such as this entails a methodological approach towards children as informants in the research process and calls for the use of a variety of methods. These may include various forms of interviews, observations, visual methods and fieldwork. Methodological issues such as accessing children as informants and research ethics will be addressed. In addition, discourse analysis of texts, documents and social practices will be included. Though the main emphasis is on qualitative research, various quantitative methods and the combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches will be addressed. Lectures draw on ongoing empirical research based at the centre as well as from an international milieu of children and childhood researchers.
The course aims to prepare the students for doing research on children and childhood as a social and cultural phenomenon through knowledge about:
*Basic principles related to empirical research.
*Relations between theoretical perspectives, research questions and methodology.
*Methodological discussions related to children's perspectives and children as informants.
*Different methods and techniques (with a focus on qualitative approaches).
Learning methods and activities
Total lecture hours: ca. 20. Supervision of paper, individually and/or group based. The teaching language is English.
- Attending lectures is compulsory.
Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.
Required previous knowledge
Admittance to the course requires an approved master's degree in a social science or humanities discipline, or equivalent.
Information will be given at the beginning of the semester.
Credits: 10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level
Language of instruction: English
- Childhood Studies
- Social Sciences
Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"