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Ethical Research Involving Children

An international experience of research with children: Moving forward on the idea of children’s participation.

Mazzoni, V., & Harcourt, D. S. (2014). An international experience of research with children: Moving forward on the idea of children’s participation. Qualitative Research, 14(2), pp. 252-268.

Abstract: This article examines a research collaboration in which an Australian and an Italian researcher came together in order to develop a project with young children to document their standpoints on the quality of their experiences of the early childhood services they were attending. As such, this article provides a reflection on working from different international viewpoints and narrates a research story that identifies some of the questions met, both in the conceptual framework and in the research design. In order to realize this research project, the collaborators’ challenge was to construct a shared understanding of their work, which meant addressing philosophical, ethical and practical points of tension. These points are described in the article as they emerged within the research endeavour, rather than being theoretically illustrated. The aim here is to offer the reader a lived experience example of meaning-making: how the researchers worked together, exploring the commonalities and differences that characterized each individual’s research practice, with the aim to construct a synergistic approach to working with children in research. (The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Qualitative Research, 14/02, 04/2014 by SAGE Publications, Ltd., All rights reserved. © [SAGE Publications, Ltd.).
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