Pivoting the seesaw? Negotiating the tensions of balancing ethical and methodological considerations in designing research that involves children and young people

Kay, Lynda ORCID: 0000-0001-5693-9533 (2019) Pivoting the seesaw? Negotiating the tensions of balancing ethical and methodological considerations in designing research that involves children and young people. Practice: Contemporary Issues in Practitioner Education. ISSN 2578-3858 (In Press)

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Abstract

CYP fall within the range of groups classified as vulnerable. The aligning of vulnerable with notions of incompetence, risk of harm and poor skills and abilities elicits a heightening of tensions surrounding perception of risk to CYP regarding their involvement in research. This paper explores the factors related to ethical principles and methodological choices that must be balanced by researchers throughout the research process for research involving CYP and other vulnerable participants. The decision-making processes in relation to ethical and methodological considerations throughout the design and implementation of the research are likened within this article to balancing a seesaw. A framework, containing prompts and questions, to support reflexive ethical decision-making is proposed to support researchers with balancing the seesaw to protect CYP and to facilitate opportunities for them to articulate their views and experiences. This paper contributes to the debates surrounding the involvement of CYP in research and adds support to greater weighting towards ethics, upon the pivot of the seesaw of decision making in research design.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Research ethics; Reflexive ethical framework; Situational ethics vulnerable participants consent assent
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education & Humanities > Education
Research Priority Areas: Learning and Professional Contexts
Depositing User: Lynda Kay
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2019 15:59
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2019 10:15
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6545

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