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When children and young people participate in research, they are entitled to special protection. Globalized research raises both new possibilities and new ethical challenges for the engagement of children as competent research participants. The event will focus on key ethical issues that researchers and students face when they conduct cross-cultural research with children.

Central questions are:
How should academic institutions, researchers, and supervisors prepare for the ethical challenges of field work?
Should students conduct child research that raises complex ethical issues?
Do we need better ethical guidelines?


Janet Boddy (Institute of Education, University of London)
Jason Hart (Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath)
Elisabeth Backe-Hansen (NOVA)
Harald Beyer Broch (Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo)
Ragnhild Dybdahl (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation: Norad)
Ragnvald Kalleberg (Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo)
Anne-Trine Kjørholt (Norwegian Centre for Child Research: NOSEB)

The event will take place at Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29, Oslo, 18 March 2011, 10AM-4PM
Conveners: The National Committee for Research Ethics for the Social Sciences and the Humanities (NESH), Childwatch International Research Network, The Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO

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You can find further literature and various information about the ethics of research with children online at
http://www.childwatch.uio.no/research/research-methodology (Childwatch, in English) and
http://etikkom.no/no/FBIB/Temaer/Forskning-pa-bestemte-grupper/Barn/ (National Research Ethical Committees’ FBIB, in Norwegian)