Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: 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
Author: Parker, Jenny L.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2742 2617
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2012
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Access from Institution:
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.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.C.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available