Keynote by Rosie Flewitt

Title: Ethics and Researching Young Children’s Digital Lives and Learning

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Rosie Flewitt, Manchester Metropolitan University

The talk will be recorded.



This paper revisits the assumptions made in humanist research ethics frameworks and posits how a new materialist stance might challenge and extend traditional ethics boundaries by embracing a situated, relational and dialogic approach. The aim is to open up debate about issues that have often been missing from research ethics, such as attuning to the many ways children express their understanding, questioning why language is considered more trustworthy than action or matter, and adopting flexible and reciprocal ethics when researching young lives that do not conform to heteronormative models of childhood. We will also revisit the ethics of using digital research technologies that denaturalize the researcher gaze and produce visual records of young children’s lives.  


Suggested Readings

Flewitt, R.S. (2020). ‘Ethics and researching young children’s digital literacy practices.’ In O. Erstad, R.S. Flewitt, B. Kümmerling-Meibauer and I. Pereira (eds). The Routledge Handbook of Digital Literacies in Early Childhood. London: Routledge.

Flewitt, R.S. & Ang, L. (2020). Research Methods for Early Childhood Education. London: Bloomsbury Academic. (Chapter 2 ‘Ethics and Early Childhood Research’).

Schulte, C. (2020). Ethics and Research with Young Children: New perspectives (eds), London & New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

Published Feb. 11, 2021 10:43 AM - Last modified Nov. 27, 2022 2:02 PM