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  Lakehead Core 2002

Power and Voice in Social Research: Examples from the Children's Rights Literature

(July 16 pm)

Power and Voice: This session involves examining power issues in research; how they affect the research topics selected, the formulation of the research question, the design of the study and the interpretation of the data. Examples are  explored of both quantitative and qualitative research which gives voice to groups formerly powerless to have their perspectives recognized or appreciated. These latter examples involve quantitative and qualitative research of children's perceptions of their rights and living situations, perceptions of the disenfranchised such as the poor, street children, and other historically disadvantaged groups such as the disabled.

Suggested Advanced Readings: 

Barron, C.L. (2000). Giving Youth a Voice: A basis for re-thinking adolescent violence. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing. (example of a qualitative study)

Irving, K (2001) Australian Students' Perceptions of the Importance and Existence of Their Rights. School Psychology International Vol 22, No. 2 224-240. (survey research)