Participatory Methodologies to Elevate Children’s Voice and Agency


Edited by:
Ilene R. Berson, University of South Florida
Michael J. Berson, University of South Florida
Colette Gray, Stranmillis University College, A College of Queen’s University Belfast

A volume in the series: Research in Global Child Advocacy. Editor(s): Ilene R. Berson, University of South Florida. Michael J. Berson, University of South Florida.

This volume of the Research in Global Child Advocacy Series will explore participatory methodologies and tools that involve children in research. Perspectives on the role of children have transitioned from viewing children as objects of research, to children as subjects of research, to acknowledgement of children as competent contributors and agents throughout the inquiry process. Researchers continue to explore approaches that honor the capacity of children, drawing on diverse methodologies to elevate children’s voices and actively engage them in the production of knowledge. Nonetheless, despite these developments, questions over the extent to which children can be free of adult filters and influence merits sustained scholarly attention. The editors invite chapter proposals that critically examine methodological approaches that empower children in the research process. Contributions may include empirical or practitioner pieces that operate from an empowerment paradigm and demonstrate the agenic capacity of children to contribute their perspectives and voices to our understanding of childhood and children’s lives. We also welcome conceptual pieces that challenge existing theoretical frameworks, critique research paradigms, and analyze dilemmas or tensions related to ethics, policy and power relations in the research process.

Topics of interest include:
- Methodological approaches to participatory research with children
- Ethical issues and dilemmas of power
- Critical perspectives on children’s voice and agency
- Issues of representation in the analysis and interpretation of children’s perspectives
- Cross‐national perspectives on participatory research with children

Proposals should be made on one single‐spaced page, and consist of your name and affiliation, email address, a tentative title, and an abstract (200‐250 words). Please include an additional page with a brief biography (200‐300 words) and relevant professional publications. All proposals should be sent as a single Word file of 2 pages to Ilene Berson ( by January 30, 2017.

Chapter Submission:
Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by February 28, 2017 about the status of their submission and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters, ranging from 7,000 to 8,000 words in Times New Roman 12, double spaced text, inclusive of title, abstract, manuscript, and references, should be submitted as a Microsoft Word email attachment by July 30, 2017. Manuscripts should conform to 6th edition APA style conventions. See Author Guidelines. Graphics and images may be included.

Chapters should draw from the author/s own research and include case studies and reflective questions for readers to engage in and think actively about concepts and processes. Central themes should be explained in text boxes to engage the reader in the arguments presented. The end of the chapter should provide a summary of key reflections and insights on the research methodology, and recommendations for further reading may provide a wide range of current sources for further exploration and encourage readers to expand their knowledge.

Send Inquiries to: Ilene Berson