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An exploration of children and young people's involvement in decision-making and of the skills linked to high-level participation : co-researching with children and young people from participation groups in one local authority.

Parker , Jenny L. (2012) An exploration of children and young people's involvement in decision-making and of the skills linked to high-level participation : co-researching with children and young people from participation groups in one local authority. DEdCPsy thesis, University of Sheffield.

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This research examined the nature of participation and involvement of children and young people in decision-making processes, both within participation groups and also as co-researchers. The research explored whether children and young people's decision-making in participation groups was 'tokenistic' or 'active,' through examining the nature and level of decision-making. Skills linked to eo-research and decision-making in participation groups were identified by participants. The research was located in a Social Constructionist Framework. A case study methodology was used with an 'embedded single case' design. Interviews were the key methods used and the phased data collection involved four participation groups. The Participatory Research Approach involved co-researchers in the design, interviews and analysis. The method of analysis involved combining Boyatzis's (1998) Thematic Analysis approach with Attride-Stirling's (2001) Thematic Networks. A number of themes were identified which are further discussed in terms of the literature reviewed. Global themes were 'Decision-Making and Power', 'Inclusion and Equity' and 'Skill Development'. The research identified features for high-level of involvement in decision- making, as reported by the children and young people in participation groups and in the research. Transfer of decision-making to other children and young people was a development area and supportive of inclusion. Key skills linked to research involvement were similar to skills related to high-level participation. Practice suggestions include embedding high-level youth decision-making within Education and Educational Psychology practice.

Item Type: Thesis (DEdCPsy)
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > School of Education (Sheffield)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.574529
Depositing User: EThOS Import Sheffield
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 16:38
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2017 16:38
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/15004

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