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ERIC Number: EJ900307
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0605
Negotiating Informed Consent with Children in School-Based Research: A Critical Review
Gallagher, Michael; Haywood, Sarah L.; Jones, Manon W.; Milne, Sue
Children & Society, v24 n6 p471-482 Nov 2010
The methods literature on research with children recognises the challenges of negotiating informed consent with this group. Special "child-friendly" techniques are advocated to overcome these challenges. We argue that, upon closer inspection, research with children foregrounds more fundamental problems with informed consent that are not easily resolved. Drawing from three ethical texts commonly consulted in our own research fields, we highlight problems of information, understanding, authority, capacity and voluntarity. We conclude that informed consent is more problematic than is generally admitted, and that researchers would benefit from more openly acknowledging its limitations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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