Ethical Research Involving Children

Interrupting listening to children: Researching with children’s secret places in early childhood settings.

Moore, D. (2014). Interrupting listening to children: Researching with children’s secret places in early childhood settings. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 39(2), pp. 4-11.

Abstract: This paper examines a definitive turning point in an early childhood research study involving children’s construction of secret places juxtaposed against the challenge of authentically researching with children. The study was a qualitative case study theoretically positioned within the sociology of childhood. It used child-based research methods and participatory tools from the Mosaic Approach. A dramatic shift in the study occurred when the author realised that to move beyond the dominant discourse of past paradigms required an interruption to the methodological approach of adult-contrived interviews to an approach of listening to but not fully knowing children. (Abstract kindly reproduced with permission from Early Childhood Australia).

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