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Ethical issues in child research: Caution of ethical drift
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7214-1716
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8510-5546
2019 (English)In: Challenging Democracy in Early Childhood Education: Engagement in changing global contexts / [ed] Margrain, Valerie & Löfdahl Hultman, Annica, Singapore: Springer, 2019, p. 27-39Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The background for this study is the last decades emphasised ethical considerations in child research. We have found ethics to be more and more acknowledged and regulations to be strengthened. Based on this, the aim of the study is to review the ethical issues in child research to find out how ethical considerations are dealt with in this respect. Four important journals, representing three important editors were selected. Through reading 707 abstracts from volumes 2016 and 2017, empirical studies focusing on children under the age of 8 were found in 95 articles and were further analysed regarding ethical issues. The result shows that regardless of requirements in journal guidelines, about one third of the articles lack any ethical reflection. Further, it is also shown that just over half of the articles merely stated compliance with regulations and standards, and just a few of articles presented a deeper reflection on the ethical considerations including occurring dilemmas. The shift towards stronger ethical regulations is discussed as if it might encourage the tendency of just doing what is necessary according to laws and when doing so, the risk of ethical drift is elaborated.

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Singapore: Springer, 2019. p. 27-39
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International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development, ISSN 2468-8746, E-ISSN 2468-8754 ; 28
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Educational Sciences
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Educational Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-74204DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-7771-6_3Libris ID: v5dtl5tcs8x295cqISBN: 978-981-13-7770-9 (print)ISBN: 978-981-13-7771-6 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-74204DiVA, id: diva2:1342196
Available from: 2019-08-13 Created: 2019-08-13 Last updated: 2019-08-26Bibliographically approved

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