ISSN 1753-0849

Childhoods Today Online JournalChildhoods Today

An online journal for childhood studies

Childhoods Today is free! Read our open access policy

Volume 3 Issue 1 - August 25, 2009

Ethics in Child Research: Children’s Agency and Researchers’ ‘Ethical Radar’

Lovisa Skånfors

The article reflects on ethical dilemmas encountered during a study with 2–5-year-old children in preschool. A brief overview of the ethical research field indicates that discussions mostly revolve around problems of the consent process. Empirical illustrations are given and discussed in an endeavour to contribute to knowledge within this field. The conclusion is that ‘ethical radars’ are necessary throughout the research process, as children seem to have other ways of expressing acceptance and rejection/withdrawal than just verbally.