What if You Talked to Me? I Could Be Interesting! Ethical Research Considerations in Engaging with Bilingual / Multilingual Child Participants in Human Inquiry

Mary H. Maguire


The increase in child-centered, participatory research activities with children poses new challenges and responsibilities to policy makers and researchers. This reflective piece is a call for Canadian policy makers and researchers to look more critically at their epistemological and ethical assumptions about their views of children, their competence and decision making in research activities. I draw on sociocultural (VYGOTSKY) and dialogic theories (BAKHTIN) to encourage conversation and dialogue about ethical issues in engaging child participants in human inquiry with particular attention to children who learn and live in diverse, multiple language and cultural contexts.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs050144


research ethics; consent; assent; dissent; children; power; dialogue; reciprocity; language

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-6.1.530

Copyright (c) 2005 Mary H. Maguire

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