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Critically explore some of the issues that should be considered when conducting research in social science

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Critically explore some of the issues that should be considered when conducting research in social science??? Research with children and young people is essential as it can improve the understanding of how they develop and live their lives, also it can add to academic debates and theories, and its outcomes can impact directly and indirectly on the lives of others in similar situations.?Data about children can only be understood by studying children?(Ross,1998:97) The best way to support the expansion of children?s studies for children is to enrol them fully in the research process. (Oakley, 1994: 26).Over the years, there has been rapid rise in research with children and young people and the increased respect and demand for children?s views and outlook in the society alongside the concern about ethics in social science when implementing the research Kellett (2010). Lansdown(1994) also supports this argument by stating that we do have a culture of listening to children . The chosen topic for this essay is issues that are to be considered when researching children and young people and vulnerable groups. The Relevant issues when researching with children includes ethics, consent, the legal structure, power relations and methodology. It is essential to consider and address issues appropriately. Social science research involved the collection, exploration and reporting of information about people and societies.(Yates 1998,p.3) ...read more.

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(Fraser et al, 2004).Time and flexibility are the key things that is required when researching children and to ensure that the participant have full understanding of the research ( Greene &Hogan 2005). There are laws supporting the rights of a child .(Landown,1994).. The law supports the child?s opportunity to be heard in any judicial or governmental procedures affecting the child. The law came into being in 1990 due to the high demand children?s voice to solve or understand the issues that affect them. The law has provided a major move in appreciation of children as participants in the society.(Landown,1994).BPS code of conduct ethical principles states that approval of children to take part in research should be obtained from parents/ guardians as children are considered along side with the adults with impairments? but there is no mention given to obtain consent for children with impairments. (Minkes et al,1994 ). Another issue in social science research is the sensitive research that often researchers do not effectively address the possible emotional and psychological harm that may result from research that draws strong emotional reactions Lee & Renzetti,( 1993).One of the main risks in any research is the effect of a violation of confidentiality. Depending on the sensitivity of the focused area in research, extra care should be taken to guarantee that participants could not be acknowledged. ...read more.

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and Ross, Lanie F. (2006) Informed consent for genetic research involving pleiotropic genes: An empirical study of ApoeE research. IRB: Ethics & Human Research.. Drake (2011). Practitioner research at Doctorl Level. USA: Routledge Fraser et al, (2004). Doing research with children and young people. London: Sage. France, A., G. Bendelow and S. Williams (2000) ?A ?Risky? Business: Researching the Health Beliefs of Children and Young People?, Buckingham: Open University Press. Greene,S & Hogan, D (2005). Researching childrens experience. London: Sage. 127. Gregory,S.et al (2005) Reflections on research. England: Open university press. 98 Sieber, Joan E. 1982. The ethics of social research: Surveys and experiments. New York: Springer-Verlag Kennedy, C., Kools, S., & Kruger, R. (2001). Methodological considerations in children?s focus groups. Nursing Research, 50(3), 84?87. Kellett (2010). Rethinking children and research. 2nd ed. London: Continuum International. Kirk , S(2007) . Methodology and ethical issues in conducting qualitative research with children and young people : A literature review. International journal of Nursing studies. Lansdown,G.(1994).Children?s rights. In B Mayall (Ed), Children?s childhood?s :Observed and experienced (pp.38-48) London : Falmer press Morgan, M., Gibbs, S., Maxwell, K., & Britten, N. (2002). Hearing children?s voices: Methodological issues in conducting focus groups with children aged 7?11. Qualitative Research. Miles (2011). Responding diversity in school. 2nd ed. USA: Routledge. Ross,L (1998). Children,Families and healthcare decision making. New york: Oxford univsity press. 97. Willig, C. (2001). Introducing qualitative research in psychology. Berkshire: Open University Press. 100631198 Tanya Assisi ? Social Science enquiry 2 ...read more.

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