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Ethical mindfulness and reflexivity:managing a research relationship with children and young people in a fourteen year qualitative longitudinal research (QLR) study

Warin, Jo (2011) Ethical mindfulness and reflexivity:managing a research relationship with children and young people in a fourteen year qualitative longitudinal research (QLR) study. Qualitative Inquiry, 17 (9). pp. 805-814. ISSN 1077-8004

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Abstract

This article draws on the articulation of a value for reflexivity that has accumulated within qualitative methods debates in the past decade. It demonstrates how reflexivity is interwoven with the concept of ethical mindfulness. The argument has developed from a consideration of the ethical dilemmas that were a salient aspect of an ongoing research relationship with children and young people during an unusually long longitudinal study, undertaken from the time the 10 participants were aged three to seventeen. The study explores the ongoing creation of a personal self during this time and draws on a range of ethnographic methods. The author focuses on two aspects of the “ethics in practice” that imbued her research relationships: the gaining and maintaining of consent, and the matching of methods to children’s interests. The author makes a series of recommendations about how to do reflexivity, incorporating a set of guidelines for informed consent with children. The author concludes that reflexivity and ethical mindfulness are interdependent concepts, an understanding that is particularly valuable for child-focused researchers.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Qualitative Inquiry
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reflexivity ; children ; longitudinal ; ethics in practice
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 59257
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2012 08:48
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2013 16:22
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59257

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