Research Forum for the Child
Queen's University Belfast
School of Education
69/71 University Street
Tel: +44 (0) 28 90975961
Fax: +44 (0) 28 90975066
Director: Prof Laura Lundy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Seminar by Professor Sheila Greene
School of Education Seminar in PFC Room 211
25th May 2007 1pm – 2pm
Overstating the impact of the early years
Abstract: In recent times there has been an interesting reappearance of what has been called infant determinism. The current forms of this old discourse centre not so much on psychology or education but on neuroscience, genetics and economics. I will offer an analysis and critique of the assumptions, the politics and the science underpinning these discourses and the pitfalls entailed in overstating the long term impact of children's experience in the early years.
Professor Sheila Greene, AIB Professor of Childhood Research at Trinity College Dublin, is Co-Director of Growing Up in Ireland. Growing Up in Ireland is a national study of children. The main aim of the study is to paint a full picture of children in Ireland and how they are developing in the current social, economic and cultural environment. This information will be used to assist in policy formation and in the provision of services which will ensure all children will have the best possible start in life.
Key recent publications
Greene, S and Hogan, D.(Eds.) Researching children’s experience: Approaches and methods London: Sage
Greene, S. Biological determinism: Persisting problems for the psychology of women. Feminism and Psychology
The Special Interest Group on Research Methods Seminar
School of Sociology , Social Policy and Social Work, Room 1035
Thursday 15th March 2007 at 4.30pm
Allison James will give a seminar entitled Research with Children: Potential, Problems and Practicalities drawing on her pioneering work in developing theoretical and methodological approaches to research with children which are now critical to the field of childhood studies.
For further information please contact Madeleine Leonard.
THIS SEMINAR HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Creative Methods to ‘interviewing’ children
6 March 2007 9.30am – 3.00pm
This one day training course is aimed at research staff and members of the Forum who wish to expand their knowledge of research methods with children. It is a follow up to the very successful course which was held in June 2006.
The training will be facilitated by Kay Tisdall from the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh. The training courses developed by the Centre were funded by the ESRC through their Research Methods Programme.
The course will include the following:
Places are on a first come first served basis and preference will be given to research staff. The maximum number of places on the course is 20 so members of the Forum are advised to book early (book via email@example.com).
Preview of 2006 Young Life and Times Survey Results
For the third year running, ARK offers policy makers, researchers and anyone concerned with young peoples issues an opportunity to get an overview of the key results of the most recent YLT survey (2006) before the full survey results are being released to the general public on 1 February. The 2006 survey included questions on:
– Community relations and experiences of sectarianism;
– Experiences of school, including pupil participation in school;
– Mental health, including GHQ12 indicators;
– Informal caring;
– Environmental and global issues including AIDS.
The event is held in Seminar Room 1 of the Institute of Governance at Queens University, 53-67 University Road, on 31 January 2007, 14.00-16.00. To register or for more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 028 9097 3947.