Involving refugee children in research: emerging ethical and positioning issues

Gaywood, D and Bertram, T and Pascal, Chris (2020) Involving refugee children in research: emerging ethical and positioning issues. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 28 (1). pp. 149-162. ISSN 1752-1807

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This paper discusses some of the ethical issues encountered when involving refugee children in research. It draws on a study which aims to investigate how very young Syrian refugee children experience Early Education, in one English local authority. This small-scale qualitative piece of research was developed in response to the deepening refugee crisis outlined by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in August 2013 which suggested that as a result of the conflict in Syria, 740,000 refugees were under the age of 11 (UNHCR 2010). The study involves four children and their families- who have been resettled in England as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement scheme (2017). Also involved are four Early Childhood and Education Care settings. The research field is complex and the “customised methods and methodologies” (Halilovich 2013,136) which have been adopted, to respond well to the challenges of the field, are described. Ethical issues concerning the conceptualisation of refugees, a narrative of trauma and location of positionality are expanded. The researcher has developed power sensitive ethical research practices to help manage issues of positionality; negotiate access in the field; develop authentic relationships; address issues of cultural bias in self and others and navigate the challenges of researching with very young refugee children.

Item Type: Article
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26 September 2019Accepted
16 January 2020Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: conceptualisation, positionality, refugee children, Early Education.
Subjects: CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Education and Social Work
Depositing User: Julia Everitt
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2019 08:58
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:54

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