chapter  4
Reflecting forward: exploring reflective methodologies with and for children
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Research with and for children is becoming increasingly accepting of the children’s world as a legitimate, lived reality, and yet also accepts the significance of constant change and growth that occurs in childhood (Shaw, 1996). Children are now recognised as ‘active agents’ who are ‘experts in their own lives’ and have valid views that are worthy of being heard and acted upon (O’Kane, 2008). This reconceptualization of childhood was inspired by policy changes at both national (UK Children Act, 1989) and international level (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989), which acknowledged children’s rights and led to the evolution of innovative child-friendly approaches that facilitate listening and actively engage children in the research process (Alderson, 2001; Alderson & Morrow, 2011).