Walking the talk: youth research in hard times

Walsh, Lucas, Black, Rosalyn and Berman, Naomi 2013, Walking the talk: youth research in hard times. In Te Riele, Kitty and Brooks, Rachel (ed), Negotiating ethical challenges in youth research, Routledge, Abingdon, Eng., pp.43-54.

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Title Walking the talk: youth research in hard times
Author(s) Walsh, Lucas
Black, RosalynORCID iD for Black, Rosalyn orcid.org/0000-0001-5427-0565
Berman, Naomi
Title of book Negotiating ethical challenges in youth research
Editor(s) Te Riele, Kitty
Brooks, Rachel
Publication date 2013
Series Critical Youth Studies
Chapter number 4
Total chapters 14
Start page 43
End page 54
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Place of Publication Abingdon, Eng.
Summary Introduction One of the greatest ethical challenges that face youth· researchers is the way in which their research depicts and portrays young people. There is a substantial body of literature within youth research and sociology that warns against the risk that research into the experiences and identities of young people contributes to an essentialising discourse that continues to permeate the policy, practice and public imaginaries of youth. Reflexive youth research must grapple not only with the usual methodological issues of responsible research, but with how its findings portray young people's lives and selves, and to what uses this portrayal might be put. This presents a challenge even to organisations whose central purpose is to advocate and act in the interests of young people. The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) is such an organisation. FYA is a national, independent, non-profit organisation that conducts initiatives designed to foster young people's education and social participation. These include Young Social Pioneers (YSP), a program that works with young people who have a vision for social change. FYA also produces research that analyses the experience of young people in Australia in relation to these same domains of participation. This includes How Young People are Faring, an annual report about the education, training and work circumstances of young Australians that presents both challenges and recommendations for action to policymakers and agencies concerned with improving young people's life outcomes. This chapter draws on the findings of FYA's 2010 How Young People are Faring report (Robinson et al. 2010) and its 2009 (Robinson and Lamb 2009) evaluation of YSP to consider the ethical challenges that arise from a youth research program largely concerned with issues of structural exclusion yet situated within a organisation that promotes young people's agency. These ethical challenges arise in relation to: who is included in either the research or program evaluation; how young people are depicted in relation to this research or program evaluation; and finally, how the findings are disseminated.
ISBN 9780415808477
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies In Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 939903 Equity and Access to Education
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
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