Researching with young children: Considering issues of ethics and engagement

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Abstract

When conducting research with young children it is important to consider not only the data which have been produced as a result of the research, but also the research process itself. This article presents a parallel analysis of data which has been articulated elsewhere (see, for example MacDonald, 2010; 2011; 2012; MacDonald & Lowrie, 2011) from a three-year study of children's understandings about measurement. This article considers the over-arching methodological issues which arose from the study, and implications for the ways in which the data should be viewed. Specific points for discussion which emerged during this research are ethical considerations; notions of shared perspectives, recurring images, and socially-constructed images; the perceived 'reality' of the events depicted; differences between children's perspectives and adults' perspectives; the risk of intervention; and the competence of children in the research process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-269
Number of pages15
JournalContemporary Issues in Early Childhood
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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