Doing Research With Children: Making Choices on Ethics and Methodology That Encourage Children’s Participation

  • Krystallia Kyritsi
Keywords: research with children; research ethics; informed consent; methodology; children’s participation


The aim of this paper is to discuss examples of ethical and methodological choices that respect children’s rights to participation by encouraging them to be actively involved in the data generation process. The paper introduces the boxes, a model for confidentially obtaining ongoing and informed consent. It also discusses the use of cultural artifacts, chosen by the children themselves, to communicate with the researcher during the interview process. This paper concludes by emphasizing the need to design and cocreate open, flexible approaches in research that encourage children to obtain control and ownership of the research process.

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