(Co)-researching with children

Alma Fleet, Deborah Harcourt, Anette Boye Koch, Sue Gascoyne, Johannna Einarsdottir, Colette Gray, Penny Lawrence, Jane Merewether, Suallyn Mitchelmore, Jane Murray, Andi Salamon

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This chapter offers a collaborative dialogue between academics and practitioners who have given consideration to the literature, the challenges and illustrations from practice in order to examine the notion of child voice in research. It illuminates the researcher-child relationship with an accent on hearing children’s standpoints through the lens of interested and invested adults. These considerations are intended as further provocations to the growing research base that is attentive to foregrounding children’s perspectives. While the chapter is not co-authored by children, it has been constructed so as to respect children’s voices and to task the research community to further deliberate the complexity of issues involved when positioning research practice as ‘researching with children’. Organised in several sections, the chapter explores ethical issues of assent and/or consent from children, examines issues in relation to children in a range of age cohorts and proposes a number of ways forward for this particular conversation using practice-based strategies such as pedagogical documentation and clarification of language use. These broad concepts are scrutinised through a conversation between examples of cooperation, collaboration and co-research, in an attempt to clarify the ongoing perplexity in this research terrain.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational handbook of early childhood education
EditorsMarilyn Fleer, Bert van Oers
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
ISBN (Electronic)9789402409277
ISBN (Print)9789402409253
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameSpringer International Handbooks of Education
ISSN (Print)2197-1951
ISSN (Electronic)2197-196X



  • co-researching with children
  • children’s voice
  • ethical consent
  • children’s rights
  • pedagogical documentation
  • reconceptualising research

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Fleet, A., Harcourt, D., Koch, A. B., Gascoyne, S., Einarsdottir, J., Gray, C., ... Salamon, A. (2018). (Co)-researching with children. In M. Fleer, & B. van Oers (Eds.), International handbook of early childhood education (Vol. 1, pp. 165-201). (Springer International Handbooks of Education). Dordrecht: Springer, Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-0927-7_7