Ethical Research Involving Children

The potential and challenges of rights-based research with children and young people: Experiences from Bangladesh.

Ahsan, M. (2009). The potential and challenges of rights-based research with children and young people: Experiences from Bangladesh. Children’s Geographies, 7(4). pp. 391-403.

Abstract: Drawing on my PhD field research in Bangladesh, this paper contributes to the growing body of methodological literature on young people’s right to participate in research. I reflexively evaluate the approach and ethics that I employed in my research, arguing that we must recognise the social and spatial dimensions of participation, which shape ethical issues of access and the construction of obedience, privacy and confidentiality. I reflect critically on the impact of inter-generational power relations on young people’s voluntary participation, and conclude by arguing that methodology – including ethical responses – needs to be context-specific. My experience reveals the challenges of translating rights-based research into practice. (Abstract © Taylor & Francis, reprinted by special permission from Taylor & Francis Group, a division of Informa UK, http://www.tandf.co.uk).

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