|Author(s)||Dooly, M. & Vallejo, C.|
|Editor||A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation|
This article describes research into Spanish children and adolescents' hopes and fears for the future at personal, local and global levels, part of a larger current international project with ESF support. Here we analyse a sample of the qualitative data compiled by the UAB team thus far, comparing it with another selective sample of data from previous research by the UCO. The UCO study was an initial framework to test methodology and analysis. There are issues associated with comparing results from two projects of different sample sizes and different aims. Discrepancies in category profiles and variability are inevitable; we suggest that comparison be used in discussing fundamental issues of validity and relevance in sociologically oriented research from different theoretical frameworks.