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Welcome

The Children’s Research Centre (CRC) was established in 2004 with the aim of enabling children and young people to have a research voice in society and to make valuable contributions to knowledge from their perspectives. We have two current priorities. Firstly, we develop and deliver resources to support children and young people to conduct systematic investigations in any area they are interested in. You can see examples of their work on this website. Secondly, we evaluate the impact and benefits of children’s research and the efficacy of our methods.

The academic team behind the CRC is multidisciplinary - we come from socio-cultural psychology, childhood studies, development psychology, and education studies. We draw upon a range of theoretical perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches to evaluate how children and young people best benefit from designing, implementing and sharing findings from their own research projects. Some of the questions that we are particularly interested to explore are:     

  • What do children and young people learn by leading their own research? And how do they learn it?
  • Does children’s research enhance their participation in matters that affect their lives? And how is this achieved?
  • What research tools and support do children find most useful in their research and why?
  • What is the role of technology in supporting children’s learning of research skills?

If you would like to know more about what we do or would like to talk to us about how you might use our resources to support children and young people who you work with, please do contact us.