Researching Pupil Well-Being in UK Secondary Schools: Community psychology and the politics of research

Paul Duckett, Judith Sixsmith, Carolyn Kagan

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    Abstract

    This study explores the relationships between a school, its staff and its pupils and the impact of these relationships on school pupils' well-being. The authors adopted a community psychological perspective and applied critical, social constructionist epistemologies and participatory, multi-method research tools. The article discusses the importance of focusing on the complex, multilayered context of people's lives (both participants and researchers) that are impacted by social, economic, cultural and political contexts. Finally, it reflects on the contrast between the messiness of real-world social science research and the often sanitized nature of its reporting.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)89-106
    JournalChildhood
    Volume15
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2008

    Keywords

    • research politics
    • school
    • well-being

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