Kellett, M. (2011). Empowering children and young people as researchers: Overcoming barriers and building capacity. Child Indicators Research, 4(2), pp. 205-219.
This paper explores the concept of children-as-researchers through an exposition of the pioneering work of the Children’s Research Centre (CRC) at the Open University, UK, http://childrens-research-centre.open.ac.uk. It situates this work of the Centre within an empowerment and rights framework and charts its journey, from the first pilot work to its recognition as a centre with significant international reach. The paper focuses on issues, challenges and outcomes and draws on examples of children’s research. The impact of child-led research, in terms of contribution to the body of knowledge on childhoods and our understanding of children’s lived experiences, are examined along with a discussion of how child-led research can be influential in policy and practice contexts.
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