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Key thinkers in childhood studies$
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Carmel Smith and Sheila Greene

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308072

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308072.001.0001

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Mary Kellett

Mary Kellett

(p.139) Fourteen Mary Kellett
Key thinkers in childhood studies

Carmel Smith

Sheila Greene

Policy Press

In this interview Professor Mary Kellett reflects on her career as a social worker, teacher and academic and discusses the initial challenges she faced in her pioneering work to empower children to undertake research. She recalls the scepticism around competency issues that she encountered and the ‘mountain’ she had to climb to convince people that children could undertake valuable research. She highlights the significant progress that has been made over the course of the last decade and argues that, in moving forward, a stronger emphasis and greater respect for applied research undertaken by NGOs is essential, in order to tackle the current dearth of information and research about majority world children and childhoods.

Keywords:   competency, empower, research, applied research, NGOs, majority world, children, childhoods

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