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Issues in research with children and young people

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  • Points: 60
  • Code: EK313
  • Level: 3
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This module was a compulsory one for my degree pathway. I have to admit, when first reading the description, it terrified me. However, this module is the one I enjoyed most out of all the modules I have completed. It allows you to choose a subject regarding children and young people, and go in to depth about the area that interests you. As it's about your own particular interest I found it very engaging and exciting. Through this module I learnt how to conduct a literature review, and how research can become problematic. It taught me in great depths about research and limitations and I feel I now have skills I can take forward in my career.

Christiana Jacobi

Course starting: October 2021

Review posted: September 2022

I loved this OU level 3 module but it was challenging. Learning about children is fascinating and there was some very interesting reading, but be prepared for a lot of it. The literature review was probably the toughest part of my degree but I felt very accomplished when I'd done it. I would still pick this module again knowing what I'd be up against.

Martine Heal

Course starting: October 2018

Review posted: May 2020

The module focuses on involving children and young people in the research process itself, by exploring four key issues of voice, participation, power and agency. However, it does assume a certain level of communication and cognitive function from the young participants. If you are interested in working with children and young people who have impairments to communication or cognitive function, for example those with an autism spectrum condition and/or learning disability, I would suggest seeking advice from a member of the module team prior to enrolment. You may find that the main focuses of the module and the perceived limitations to the application of them are simply not compatible with your research interests. For those who are interested in working with more 'mainstream', typically functioning participants, I would highly recommend it.

Joanne McCulloch

Course starting: October 2017

Review posted: September 2018

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