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The challenge of conducting ethical research in preschool

Journal article
Authors Jonna Larsson
Pia Williams
Ann Zetterqvist
Published in Early Child Development and Care
ISSN 0300-4430
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
Language en
Keywords consent, ethical awareness, research strategies, children, preschool
Subject categories Pedagogy, Educational Sciences


Formal ethical issues for conducting research are highlighted in national and international guidelines. Even if such strategies are grounded in democratic and rights-based values, their implementation may produce challenges. This article foregrounds dilemmas that were derived from fieldwork conducted in preschool settings with children aged one to five years. These settings are viewed as sensitive environments that demand awareness adjusted to a specific context. Through the use of empirical illustrations, children’s voices concerning their participation within a research project and their opportunities to give consent or withdraw are discussed.

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