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Ethical Practice in Early Childhood

Ethical Practice in Early Childhood

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July 2012 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Ethical considerations are raising new questions about the involvement and participation of children in research. By considering the ethical issues that can arise when working with and doing research with young children from birth to five years, this book examines a wide range of topics including:

  • Involving young children in research
  • Informed consent
  • Research tools with children under five
  • Researching children with special needs and disabilities
  • Researching vulnerable groups
  • Researching other cultures
  • Multi-agency working
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Ethical practices when studying early childhood
  • Safe-guarding young children
  • Inspection
  • Ethics and leadership

Examples from education, health and social work are examined, and there are chapter overviews, activities, case studies, points for discussion and recommendations for further reading and useful websites in each chapter, which help to engage the reader and facilitate critical thinking and reflective practice. This is a comprehensive guide to a developing field for the early years student and practitioner.

Ioanna Palaiologou
Introduction: Towards an Understanding of Ethical Practice in Early Childhood
Donna Green
Involving Young Children in Research
Ioanna Palaiologou
Ethical Praxis When Choosing Research Tools for Use With Children under Five
Cheryl Ellis and Gary Beauchamp
Ethics in Researching Children with Special Educational Needs
Colette Gray
Ethical Research with Children and Vulnerable Groups
Ioanna Palaiologou
Ethical Researching in Other Cultures
Barry Powell
Ethics and Policy and Every Child Matters
Ioanna Palaiologou
Ethics in Multi-Agency Working
Sarah James
Loss, Bereavement and Ethics
Gary Beauchamp and Chantelle Haughton
Ethics in Studying Early Years
Bronagh McKee
Safeguarding Young Children
Judi Williamson
Ethics When Inspecting Early Years Practice
Trevor Male
Ethical Leadership in Early Years Settings

'This challenging and stimulating book, which addresses the deeply contentious and critical area of how we address ethical issues in research, policy and practice in early years, is timely. It will be an invaluable support as both providers and practitioners respond to the demand that they reflect upon, evaluate, make visible and evidence their early years practice rigorously and systematically'
-Professor Christine Pascal, Director of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC)

Excellent source of information for both FD and BA students - usefully simple yet giving enough breadth and depth to a complicated subject but in an engaging and easy to use format, often cited when students are asked to demonstrate understanding

Ms Michelle Yeoman
Children Young People and Education, York St John University
November 17, 2019

Individual chapters tackle the different aspects of research with young children. Good links and ideas for further reading and research.

Mrs Dawn Burnham
Early Years, Farnborough College of Technology
May 22, 2018

This is a clear, concise and easy to follow guide on the importance of ethical considerations in practice.

Mrs Kim Hall
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
October 12, 2016

This book is essential to enable students to develop an understanding around research with children

Dr Chandrika Devarakonda
School of Education, Chester University
June 2, 2015

A useful text for use across a range of subject areas in early years. extends thinking regarding issues that are key to understanding ethical issues in e.g. multi agency working, safeguarding, policy and practice. I particularly welcome the chapter on ethical researching in other culture which is an highly unexplored domain.

Mrs Sharon Colilles
Carnegie Faculty of Sports & Education, Leeds Beckett University
February 4, 2015

Very helpful text for exploring ethical issues relating to working with children.

Mrs Sally Spruce
Education, Faculty Of Applied Sciences
July 2, 2014

The chapter entitled ethical researching in other cultures is particularly useful in this book. Not something that usually has a chapter devoted to it and therefore is good reading and offers good points for discussion

Mrs Tanya Richardson
School of Education, Northampton University
March 23, 2014

This is an essential text for all Foundation Degree students who are undertaking their research project. In particular the sections on how to communicate with children and how to actively seek their consent is a must read for all students and early years practitioners undertaking setting-based research

Mr Joe Brown
Faculty of Care and Health, City of Bristol College
February 14, 2014

This text is excellent. It discusses the importance conducting research that is ethical. I particularly enjoyed reading the chapter on Participation and that importance that is given to actively involving children in research.

Mr Sean Creaney
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
December 3, 2013

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Ioanna Palaiologou

Dr. Ioanna Palaiologou CPsychol AFBPsS is an Academic Associate at the UCL Institute of Education. She is also a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society with a specialism in child development and learning theories. Her research interests focus on ethics, child development, the role of digital technologies and implications on pedagogy.  More About Author

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