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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

ESRC Framework for research ethics

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 Checked on 20 August 2018