IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Involving children in research: ethical challenges and strategies

09 December 2021, 10:30 am–11:30 am

Child painting on cardboard. Image: Tatiana Syrikova via Pexels

This open forum aims to bring together academic researchers and students who involve children in their research. They will discuss some of the ethical challenges they have experienced and share strategies and resources that others could benefit from.

This event is free.

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Laura Benton

Researchers working with children often develop strategies and resources to support children's understanding of their research, which are subsequently trialled and refined over years of working with different groups of children.

This forum will aim to help students and new researchers looking to involve children in their research to know where to begin with research ethics, particularly when working with diverse populations such as very young children or children with disabilities.

The panel will be led by researchers with extensive experience working with children.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in ethics and research with children.

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About the Speakers

Dr Laura Benton

Senior researcher at the UCL Knowledge Lab at UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

Dr Benton has been undertaking research with children for the past 12 years. Her work has focused on ways to support children's participation in the design of education technologies.

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Julia Truscott

at Communicating Childhood and Youth Research for All (CYRA)

Julia Truscott is the founder of the CYRA service, a specialist knowledge translation and design service. She has a broad interest in the experience of modern childhood, education and children's wellbeing and works across a range of research initiatives.

Dr Seray Ibrahim

Post-doctoral fellow at the UCL Knowledge Lab at UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

Motivated by her background as a speech and language therapist, her research investigates communication involving children with severe speech and physical impairments and their social groups.

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Minna Nygren

PhD student and research fellow at the UCL Knowledge Lab at UCL Institute of Education (IOE)

Minna's research involves studying young children's embodied science learning.

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