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Original research by children and young people

The Children's Research Centre has pioneered approaches for supporting child-led research, which has grown considerably in the last ten years, spurred by extensive research evidencing a range of benefits, including:

  • Raised self-esteem and confidence
  • Development of transferable skills
  • Enhanced critical thinking skills
  • Heightened ethical awareness
  • Enhanced problem-solving ability
  • More effective communication
  • Development of independent learning

Learn more about the impact of child-led research, in terms of its contribution to the body of knowledge on childhoods and our understanding of children's lived experiences in Mary Kellett's article where she also discusses how child-led research can be influential in policy and practice contexts.

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