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Volume 1 Issue 1 - July 27, 2007

Researching Children's Morality: developing research methods that allow children's involvement in discourses relevant to their everyday lives

Sam Frankel

Contemporary children's childhoods are full of discourses about children and right and wrong. However, the foundation for these moral debates is often based on adult assumptions about children rather than reliable knowledge obtained from them. This article therefore seeks to explore ways in which children can be involved in the research process, such that their voices can be heard. Through looking at a number of creative research tools, it argues that children can be competent and legitimate research partners within moral discourses, providing data that can inform more effective policy and practice.