Ethical symmetry in participatory research with infants

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Salamon, Andi. (2015) Ethical symmetry in participatory research with infants. Early Child Development and Care. 185(6), pp. 1016 - 1030. https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2014.975224
AuthorsSalamon, Andi
Abstract

Participatory research methods aim to break down the distinction between researchers and the researched. Infants are increasingly being seen as participants in research, but the nature of their participation is being questioned following an increased interest in participatory research with children. This article offers a perspective on participatory research that positions infant participants in ethically symmetrical ways to adult participants. It poses this can be achieved, when researchers adopt a methodological attitude that recognises, respects, and incorporates the active involvement of infants in research processes. Framed by the notion of ‘ethical symmetry’, the article draws on data from the author's doctoral work to demonstrate how attempts to achieve ethical symmetry were enacted. The importance of reciprocal and authentic relationships with infant participants as a driving force in the research is discussed, and implications for incorporating ethical symmetry in research with infants are discussed.

Keywordsethical symmetry; participatory research; infants
Year2015
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Journal citation185 (6), pp. 1016 - 1030
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0300-4430
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2014.975224
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84927690126
Page range1016 - 1030
Research GroupSchool of Education
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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