Dear friends, If ever, there will be a complete resource book on how to do research with children AND that is written in clear and logical language it will look much like the new publication by Judith Ennew and Dominique Pierre Plateau: "How to research the physical and emotional punishment of children", Save the Children SEAP region 2004. The Resource Handbook is based on some earlier landmark publications, such as Children in focus: A manual for participatory research with children (Boyden and Ennew 1997) and the Save the Children toolkit on supporting children's meaningful and ethical participation in research produced for the United Nations Secretary general's Global Study on Violence against Children (Laws and Mann, 2004). Although the Resource Handbook has been produced in relation to researching the physical and emotional punishment of children its value reaches far beyond this particular topic. It has a mass of relevant information and tools on how to do research with children. Starting from the basics of doing research the authors proceed with twelve "straightforward" steps for scientific research, looking at preparation, protocol design, data collection, analysis and report writing and implementation. The toolkit part of the book contains more than 100 pages of useful, simple to follow ideas concerning analysing secondary research data, research protocols, research methods, children's involvement in research and more. What is this book? This Handbook is a state-of-the-art resource about research with children on the difficult and sensitive topic of physical (including emotional) punishment. The specific context is Asian societies, within the immediate context of Save the Children programming in the region, inspired by the United Nations Study on Violence against Children (UN Study) and the UN Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010: UN Resolution 53/25). It provides an easy to use, rights-based, reference to research with children on a topic of immediate concern to them. It answers key questions about researching the physical and emotional punishment of children, including ethical and scientific concerns. It provides clear information on how to plan, design and carry out research, together with examples of the various tools and methods involved, largely drawn from the Southeast, East Asia and Pacific region. Why has it been published? The basis of the Save the Children position is children's rights, which includes the right to participate in programmes based on adequate, scientific and ethical research. This Handbook answers a pressing need for information about rights-based research on the physical and emotional punishment of children, with clear instructions about how to use methods and processes to produce results that can be reliably used for planning, programming and advocacy. After more than two decades of academic child research and the promotion of participatory research processes, much research about children still relies on using formal, structured surveys and questionnaires with little reference to qualitative data either in designing surveys or in analysing the results. The result is numerical information that bears little relationship to the contexts in which it was collected. The methods are inadequate because they reinforce adult power and preconceptions as well as failing to take children's own ideas and language into account. In many cases, the research participants are not children at all, but adults such as teachers, parents and psychologists. Children are seldom asked about their own lives, much less consulted about the way the research results are used. In addition, research about physical and emotional punishment, like most research about disadvantaged children, tends to rely on small samples, rarely compared with control groups, and fails to look at changes over time or to consider differences between groups and places. Thus the data are not very useful for planning either campaigns or programmes. (pp. 1 and 2) The document can be downloaded at: http://seapa.net/external/resources/punishment.htm In case you would like me to send you the document in pdf file please let me know. Note, however, that it is rather big: 1.31 MB zipped and 1.6 MB unzipped. Hard copies of the publication can be ordered from Thitikorn Trayaporn, firstname.lastname@example.org at Save the Children Alliance Southeast, East Asia and Pacific Region Maneeya Center Building 15th Floor 518/5 Ploenchit Road, Bangkok 10330 ThailandTel: (66-2) 684-1046, 684-1047 Fax: (66-2) 684-1048 Yours sincerely, Henk van Beers Child Participation advisor Save the Children Sweden, SEAP Region ======== Asia Pacific Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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