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I have created this web space to provide easy access to my work on child participation and other topics.

Below are links to my writing in English (in date order, most recent first). To access each document, click on the cover image.

Use the buttons above to go to writing in Spanish, online videos and podcasts, conference and seminar slides, or my CV.

If what you are looking for is not here, you can email me at harry@cesesma.org

Harry Shier

Misean Cara, Dublin, Ireland
and
CESESMA, San Ramón, Nicaragua

(This website is my personal creation and does not represent either organisation).

 

      Visit the CESESMA website:
www.cesesma.org

On being a 'worker student': Understanding the intersected identities of children and adolescents in Nicaragua

2017. Children's Geographies 15 (1), 36-50.

If you don't have access to this journal, you can get an unofficial author's version here. This paper was developed from my presentation at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute seminar on 'Children and young people’s experiences of intersecting identities and inequalities' in Glasgow in March 2014, which you can see as a Powerpoint here.

Why the playworker’s mind-set is ideal for research with children: Child researchers investigate education rights in Nicaragua

2017. Chapter in "Researching Play from a Playwork Perspective", edited by Pete King and Shelly Newstead, published by Routledge, Abingdon UK, pp 8-24.

ISBN 978-1 1386 5607 9

Purchase of this book is highly recommended. Alternatively you can e-mail me for an unofficial author's version.

Children's Education Rights, Global Perspectives (with Laura Lundy and Karen Orr)

2017. Chapter in "Handbook of Children's Rights", edited by M. Ruck, M. Peterson-Badali and M. Freeman, published by Routledge, Abingdon UK, pp 364-380.

ISBN 978-1 8487 2478 5

Purchase of this book is highly recommended. Alternatively you can get an unofficial author's version of this chapter here.

Interview with Harry Shier about his research (by Sue Pearson)

2016. Interview included in "Rethinking Children and Inclusive Education" by Sue Pearson, published by Bloomsbury, London, pp 65-69.

ISBN 978-1-4725-6836-6

Purchase of this book is highly recommended. Alternatively you can get an unofficial copy of my intervew here.

A change of Rhythm, Nicaraguan Style, in Children and Young People's Participation

2016. English translation of "Un cambio de ritmo en la participación de las chavalas y los chavalos, al estilo nica" published by Save the Children Nicaragua, Managua, 2014.

The original book in Spanish is available on the Spanish Page.

The original "Toolkit for Monitoring and Evaluating Children's Participation" on which this book is partly based (Lansdown and O'Kane, 2014), is available from Save the Children here.

Children's Rights in School: The perception of children in Nicaragua

2016. Thesis submitted to Queen's University Belfast for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

This is the complete text of my PhD thesis (including appendices), reformatted to be more like a normal book but otherwise identical to the original.

The original can be consulted at the McClay Library at Queens University.

Children as researchers in Nicaragua: Children’s consultancy to transformative research

2015. Global Studies of Childhood 5 (2), 206-219.

If you don't have access to this journal, you can get an unofficial author's version here. This paper was developed from my 2012 ICYRNet conference keynote which you can see as a video here or a Powerpoint here.

Children's rights and social justice: Case studies from Nicaragua as a resource for students and teachers (compiled and edited by Harry Shier)

2014. New compilation published by CESESMA in association with Leeds Development Education centre. The original version of the case studies published on-line by Leeds DEC in 2012 can be seen here. 

How children and young people influence policy-makers: Lessons from Nicaragua (Shier H, Hernández M, Centeno M, Arróliga I and González M)

2014. Children & Society 28(1), 1–14. 

If you don’t have free access to this journal, you can download the article from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

The research report in Spanish on which this article is based,"Incidencia de niños, niñas y adolescentes como ciudadanos/as activos/as en Nicaragua" is available on the Spanish Page.

Claiming the right to quality education in Nicaragua (Shier H, Padilla M, Molina N, Barrera L, Molina M, Castillo Z, Ortiz K)

2013. Chapter in "Childrens Rights and Education: International Perspectives", Blue-Swadener B, Lundy L, Blanchet-Cohen N and Habashi J (eds), published by Peter Lang, New York, pp 188-202.

ISBN 978-1-4331-2121-0

What does 'equality' mean for children in relation to adults?

2012. Official background paper for the UN global thematic consultation on 'Addressing Inequalities Post 2015'.

This paper can also be downloaded from the UN "World We Want 2015" website here.

Learn to live without violence (Reports by young researchers from San Ramón, Nicaragua, compiled and translated by Harry Shier, with a preface by Nigel Thomas)

2012. Joint publication by CESESMA in Nicaragua and The Centre for Children and Young People's Participation at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.

ISBN 978-1-901922-85-1

The print book can be bought from the UK Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign's online bookshop here. The original in Spanish is available on the Spanish page.

The Nicaraguan Children's "Defending our right to play" campaign as it happened, 2009-2011

2011. Compilation of campaign updates from Playwords magazine.

See below for the 2008 article "The right to play in Nicaragua" that launched the campaign.

IPA Global Consultations on Children’s Right to Play Report (compiled by Harry Shier on behalf of the International Play Association)

2010. Published by the International Play Association: Promoting the Child's Right to Play, www.ipaworld.org.

ISBN 978-0-9549164-5­9

IPA Global Consultations on Children’s Right to Play Summary Report (compiled by Harry Shier on behalf of the International Play Association)

2010. Published by the International Play Association: Promoting the Child's Right to Play, www.ipaworld.org.

This is a summary of the full report shown above. The summary can also be downloaded from the Childwatch website here.

Children's Participation in Educational Projects and Sustainable Design - Comparing the UK and Nicaraguan Contexts: An Interview with Harry Shier (by Andrea Wheeler)

2010. International Journal of Children's Rights, Vol. 18/3, 457-474.

If you don’t have access to this journal, you can download an unofficial copy here.

Children as Public Actors: Navigating the Tensions

2010. Children & Society (UK) 24(1): 24-37

If you don’t have free access to this journal, you can download an unofficial copy here.

Pathways to Participation Revisited: Learning from Nicaragua's Child Coffee Workers

2010. Chapter in "A Handbook of Children and Young People's Participation: Perspectives from Theory and Practice", Percy-Smith B and Thomas N (eds), published by Routledge, UK.

ISBN 978-0-415-46852-7. 

Purchase of this book is highly recommended. Alternatively, you can download an unofficial copy of this chapter here.

Vägar till delaktighet: Öppningar, möjligheter och skyldigheterhildren

2010. Swedish translation of "Pathways to Participation: Openings, Opportunities and Obligations", 2001 (see below) published by Handikappförbunden, the Swedish Disability Federation.

Early Childhood Play in Nicaragua (by María Shier with Harry Shier)

2009. Playrights (International Play Association) 2/09, 14-15

The download file contains both English text as published in Playrights and original Spanish text.

Children and Young People as Active Citizens: A practitioner's guide to navigating the tensions

2009. In "Understanding Partnership Working", V. Harris and others (eds), University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. This is an abridged, practitioner-orientated version of "Children as Public Actors: Navigating the Tensions" (Shier 2010, see above), and also includes a reflection exercise.

Constructing Active Citizenship: Interacting participation spaces in the participation and organisation of children and young people as active citizens in Nicaragua

2008. Paper presented at the seminar “Active Citizenship in Central America: Twenty-first Century Challenges”, at Dublin City University, 7-8 November 2008

The Right to Play in Nicaragua

2008. Playwords (UK) 37, 12-15

Playwords also published regular updates on the Nicaraguan children's right to play campaign from 2009 to 2011. See above for a compilation of these.

Play and Risk in Nicaragua

2008. Playrights (International Play Association) 2/08, 9-10

Pearl Lagoon, a Playworker's dream

2008. Ip-Dip magazine (UK) 3, 24-25. Short article based on a presentation given at the Play Education meeting in Wolverhampton, England, October 2007.

This is the original unabridged article, slightly longer than the published version.

Pathways to Participation Revisited: Nicaragua Perspective

2006. Middle Schooling Review (New Zealand) 2, 14-19.

Pathways to Participation: Openings, Opportunities and Obligations

2001. Children & Society 15:107-117

In 2010, this article was selected by a committee of past and present editors for Children & Society's 25th Anniversary Special Issue, as they considered it to be "among the most significant and influential" in the journal's 25-year history.

If you don’t have free access to this journal, you can download the article from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden or the Piattaforma Infanzia in Italy.

A Child’s Journey into the Future, or Sailing the Seven Cs

2001. Paper based on keynote address at the Network of Community Activities’ biannual conference, Manly NSW, Australia, May 2001.

The right to play, a global issue: Living with landmines in Kurdistan/northern Iraq

1999. Chapter in “Play in A Changing Society”, M. Guddemi, T. Jambor and A. Skrupskelis (eds), published by the Southern Early Childhood Association, Little Rock, Arkansas USA.

lSBN 0 942388 26 7.

The download file contains the full text of the published chapter, with additional photographs provided by the autor.

The genesis of "Pathways to Participation"

1998-99. Four short magazine articles tracing the development of the Article 31 Children's Consultancy Scheme and the genesis of the "Pathways to Participation" model.

Exploring Logo in children's play: a playworker's perspective

1991. Early Child Development and Care. 69: 91-97.

Adventure Playgrounds: an introduction

1984. Facsimile of a booklet published by the National Playing Fields Association in the UK. My first published work, this has been out of print for over twenty years and has been hard to find.

You can also download this from the Play Scotland website  here.

Previously unpublished works

Letters from Matagalpa

The story of an Irishman in Nicaragua, told through a series of open letters home written between April 2001 and January 2007.


The Tao of Development

An alternative interpretation of the Tao Te Ching of Lao-Tzu.