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Events: Doing Research with Kids – Designs, Dilemmas, Directions (3D Workshop)

On October 22 and 23, 2009, the Bloorview Research Institute hosted a workshop on childhood research methods, Doing Research With Kids: Designs, Dilemmas & Directions (3D Workshop). The workshop was a huge success, featuring acclaimed Canadian and European clinical and social researchers and theorists.

The workshop was initiated by Dr. Patricia McKeever, to address the need to directly involve children in research. Research involving children

with disabilities yields important findings that can inform health-care practices, services, policies and product design, and can enhance understanding of how these children and youth experience childhood.

The workshop provided a forum to explore and discuss theoretical foundations, innovative designs and ethical dilemmas pertaining to conducting research with children in disability and health-care contexts.

Among the 60 researchers participating in the workshop, were senior and junior scientists, doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and research associates affiliated with the University of Toronto, Bloorview Research Institute and SickKids Research Institute. 

Presentations by an interdisciplinary group of researchers highlighted innovative methodological techniques used to study a range of topics. To involve kids in the workshop, four Bloorview clients, who were experienced research participants, took part in a videotaped focus group. The resulting DVD titled Turning the Tables: Children Reflect on Research Participation was shown at the workshop.

The 3D workshop was supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Meetings Planning & Dissemination Grant: Human Development Child & Youth Health), Bloorview Research Institute, The Prism Lab, the Division of Developmental Paediatrics, University of Toronto, and the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. 

Stay tuned for the workshop presentations and DVD!

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