Being Participatory: Researching with Children and Young People

Co-constructing Knowledge Using Creative Techniques

  • Imelda Coyne
  • Bernie Carter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Imelda Coyne, Bernie Carter
    Pages 1-13
  3. Catherine Wilkinson, Samantha Wilkinson
    Pages 15-35
  4. Kate Harvey
    Pages 57-78
  5. Judy Rollins
    Pages 79-102
  6. Faith Gibson, Lorna Fern, Kate Oulton, Kristin Stegenga, Susie Aldiss
    Pages 103-126
  7. Karen Ford, Steven Campbell
    Pages 127-146
  8. Sophie Hadfield-Hill, Cristiana Zara
    Pages 147-169

About this book


This book provides a clear framework for conducting participatory research with children and young people supported with practical examples from international research studies. Our aim is to encourage more participatory research with children and young people on all matters that affect their lives. This book illustrates innovative ways of being participatory and sheds new light on involvement strategies that play to children’s and young people’s competencies.

Participatory research is based on the recognition of children and young people as active contributors rather than objects of research. Participatory researchers support and value the voices of children and young people in all matters that concern them. Core to participatory research practice is a strengths-based approach that aims to promote  the active engagement of  children and young people in all stages of research, from inception to implementation. 

Engagement of children and young people requires the use of  creative, participatory methods, tools and involvement strategies to reveal children’s competencies. This book shares knowledge about creative participatory techniques that can enable and promote children’s ways of expressing their views and experiences. The book provides  guidance on appropriate techniques that reduce the power differential in the adult-child relationship and which optimise children’s abilities to participate in research.

This book is targeted at researchers, academics, practitioners who need guidance on what tools are available, how the tools can be used, advantages and challenges, and how best to involve children in all stages of a research project. It will provide several examples of how children can have an active participatory role in research.

There is increasing interest in involving children as co-researchers but little guidance on how this can be done. This book fills a gap in the current books by addressing all of these issues outlined above and by providing worked examples from leading researchers and academics. It will have wide appeal across a range of different disciplines.


Children and Young People Participatory research Participatory methods Experience Agency

Editors and affiliations

  • Imelda Coyne
    • 1
  • Bernie Carter
    • 2
  1. 1.Trinity College DublinSchool of Nursing & MidwiferyDublinIreland
  2. 2.Edge Hill UniversityFaculty of Health and Social CareOrmskirkUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-71227-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71228-4
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