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Making it happen: young people with learning difficulties undertaking their own research

Kellett, Mary (2016). Making it happen: young people with learning difficulties undertaking their own research. In: Buchner, Tobias; Koenig, Oliver and Schupperner, Saskia eds. Inklusive Forschung: Gemeinsam mit Menschen mit Lernschwierigkeiten forschen. Bad Heilbrunn: Klinkhardt, pp. 260–276.

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The involvement of young people with learning difficulties in research is often at a tokenistic level. This chapter challenges that position and discusses why and how young people with learning difficulties can be supported to set their own research agendas and undertake their own investigations. Critical issues around facilitation of meaningful engagement in research and barriers such as competency metrics are explored. The example of an original research project carried out by young people with learning difficulties, funded by Mencap, is included to demonstrate what is possible when appropriate support is provided. Their research study investigated barriers to meaningful participation in youth democracy groups and the subsequent tool kit they devised to help overcome these challenges.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 3-7815-2079-X, 978-3-7815-2079-0
Academic Unit/School: Other Departments > Vice-Chancellor's Office
Other Departments
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Childhood Youth and Sport Group (CYSG)
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Item ID: 50805
Depositing User: Mary Kellett
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2017 13:30
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:55
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