Can I Share Your Ideas With the World? Young Children’s Consent in the Research Process

  • Sonya Gaches University of Otago
Keywords: children's participation rights, informed consent, research ethics, early childhood


Utilizing the four features of informed consent from the guiding document Ethical Research Involving Children, the article illustrates how the informed consent process was carried out with young children from the initial planning stages through the ongoing research’s focused conversations. Specifically, the questions of what would be needed to acquire informed consent from the children and what assurances could there be that young children understood the research and how its results would be disseminated are addressed. The article concludes with suggestions for what other researchers might consider and include in their local contexts.



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