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Research ethics: Useful books and articles

Useful resources on research ethics

Useful books and articles

Useful Books

Alderson P (2005) Designing ethical research with children. In: Farrell A (ed) Ethical research with children. Buckingham: Open University Press, pages 27-36

Danchev, D (2013) Research ethics for counsellors, nurses and social workers. London, Sage

ESRC Framework for research ethics (2015 )

Harcourt, D, Perry, B, & Waller, T. (eds) (2011) Researching Young Children’s Perspectives. Debating the ethics and dilemmas of educational research with children. Oxon: Routledge 

Hill, M. (2005) Ethical considerations in researching children’s experiences. In S. Greene & D Hogan (eds.) Researching children’s experience. London: Sage. 

Israel, M (2015) Research Ethics and Integrity for Social Scientists. Sage 

Tisdall, E.K.M, Davis, J.M. and Gallagher, M. (2009) Researching with Children and Young People: Research design, methods and analysis, London: Sage.

Ginnis, S; Evans,H & Bartlett,J (2015) #SocialEthics a guide to embedding ethics in social media research. Ipsos MORI.


Journal articles

International Journal of Early Years Education, 20:3, September 2012 – Special Issue: Children’s participatory research in action: challenges and dilemmas.


Conroy, H & Harcourt D. (2009) Informed agreement to participate: Beginning the partnership with children in research. Early Child Development and Care, 179: 2, 157-165.


Darian-Smith, K & Hennington, N. (2012) Social Research and the Privacy and Participation of Children: Reflections on Researching Australian Children’s Playlore. Children and Society, published online September 2012


Flewitt, R. (2005) Conducting research with young children: some ethical considerations. Early Child Development and Care, 175:6, 553-565.


Harcourt, D. & Conroy, H. (2005) Informed assent: ethics and processes when researching with young children. Early Child Development and Care, 175:6, 567-577.


Tracey, F. & Carmichael, P. (2010) Research ethics and participatory research in an interdisciplinary technology-enhanced learning project. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 33:3, 245-257.


Widding, G. (2012) Keep a-knocking (but you can’t come in): The issue of passing by the gatekeeper and gaining linguistic access to qualitative research fields. Educational Inquiry, 3:3, 421-435.


This list was compiled by Valerie Wells, Christine Stephen and Valerie Drew. We are happy to receive suggestions for additions to this list, let us know