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What to know when working with children in your research, university of guelph

Basic and important concrete things to know, when involving children in your research

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What to know when working with children in your research, university of guelph

  2. 2. So you decided to work with children?  Is it useful or necessary to involve children?  Am I following the laws to work with children?  Do I know how to work with children (Technique)? If you answered “NO” to any of these questions, you must not work with children in your research…lets see why… Think & Answer HONESTLY:
  3. 3. Who research with children? Working with children is useful and MUST be done only when it’s SAFE, and when the results have MORE BENEFITS than any possible risks. Some people doing research with children: Education planners. Health and science investigators. Toys and games designers. Digital Social media developers. Marketing researchers.
  4. 4. Follow the rules…please! Look for the current laws and regulations that applies in your country • Get approbation from your Ethic Committee. • Fill all the necessary formats (waivers, permits) • Get written consent from parents. • Make sure your research is not harmful. • Protect confidentiality of participants. • Inform of your results to the parents and authorities. You MUST always remember to:
  5. 5. Prepare your session, and have alternative plans. NEVER improvise… ADAPT!!! There is no blueprint when working with children. Use the method that best fits your research, but don’t force it. Impact diagram Body mapping Open-ended questions Drama and role play RESEARCH METHODS Participant observation Flow charts Focus groups Evaluation wheel
  6. 6. When you are with children… • Be yourself, don’t pretend. • More Listening 95%, less Talking 5% • Talk to them as children not as mini adults. • Use their language, their timing, but don’t be a clown. • Look at their eyes but do it gently. • Keep your head at the same height as theirs. • Don’t research alone, get help to take notes, videos, recordings. Breathe and Keep calm. Think but don’t overthink!
  7. 7. Just in case… STOP the activity! Don’t press them, that affects your results What if children: …don’t feel comfortable, or don’t want to participate, or don‘t want to talk, or don’t know any answer…
  8. 8. So lets see if you got the idea… You are invited to be part of a research to know children’s tolerance to loneliness, darkness or scary environments. Would you be part of this research? Probably not, right? Think about this: Case A It doesn’t feel right to scare children just to see what happens next!!!! Could you justify the creation of a harmful environment for children’s mental stability? Would parents allow you to have their kids in a threatening position? Would your Ethical Committee would accept a proposal like this? You could face legal issues by exposing children to risky/unjustified situations.
  9. 9. Now try it by yourself… Would you work with children in your research if you are planning to find out the sequels or immediate impacts in children victims of domestic violence? YES  NO , WHY? HINTS (from slide No.2): Case B Remember, if you answered “NO” to any of these questions, you MUST not work with children in your research!!  Is it useful or necessary to involve children? (are there Risks?)  Am I following the laws to work with children? (Consents, approbations, permits)  Do I know how to work with children (Technique)?
  10. 10. Final comments: Working with children in your research is NOT a game, be prepared, look for a proper method, and follow the rules. NEVER forget that children: BE GENTLE BE PATIENCE LEARN IT JOIN THEM BE AUTHENTIC RESPECT THEM Are a delicate resource: Are not all the same: Have their own language: Love to play: Can perceive dishonesty: Are protected by their parents, by laws:
  11. 11. To know more! The more you know, the better you are prepared to do your research. You can google: research with children, kids research, kids participatory research, research involving children • • I encourage you to make a deep research before working with children, visit more Slides in slideshare: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Just click on any link to find more: