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Title: Children as researchers: Exploring the impact on education and empowerment.
Author: Kellett, M.
Date Published: 2006
Reference: childRight, 226(May), 11-13.
Are service users or carers authors: No/Not Known


This article discusses the role of children as active researchers, why it is necessary for children to engage in their own research and the benefits for child researchers.

The benefits for children participating in active research include:

  • raised self-esteem and self-worth
  • increased confidence
  • development of transferable study skills
  • sharpening of critical thinking skills
  • heightened ethical awareness
  • enhanced problem solving ability
  • more effective communication
  • independent learning.

Children's research is distinct from adults' research because:

  • children succeed in getting responses from their peer group in ways that would not be possible for adult researchers
  • it reflects children's experiences from a genuine children's perspective
  • it is an important vehicle for children's voices
  • it is an empowering process for children.

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Categories: health
public health
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impact on research
impact on service users involved
impact of public involvement
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Date Entered: 2009/01/27

Date Edited: 2012/12/06

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