Working Ethically in Participatory Research with Children

Read, Janet C orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7138-1643, Gregory, Peggy orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-7891-6666, Sim, Gavin Robert orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-9713-9388 and Horton, Matthew Paul Leslie orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-2932-2233 (2013) Working Ethically in Participatory Research with Children. In: ETHICOMP 2013: The possiblities of ethical ICT, 12-14 June 2013, University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark.

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In this paper we present the ABCD framework for working ethically with children and young people in participatory design studies. This framework covers A – Agreement and consent made between all participants and interested parties; B – Behaviour of the research team towards the activities, requiring them to examine their motivations and to be honest in their interactions with children; C – Classroom experience in participatory sessions during which children are encouraged to discuss the nature of their participation, and D – Dissemination of the work and planning appropriate follow on activities to ensure that children are informed about the outputs from their contributions. We discuss the process by which we developed the framework, the challenges raised by working in this way with children and the role of values in participatory research.

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