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Social Research and the Privacy and Participation of Children: Reflections on Researching Australian Children’s Playlore


Darian-Smith, Kate and Henningham, N, Social Research and the Privacy and Participation of Children: Reflections on Researching Australian Children's Playlore, Children and Society, 28, (4) pp. 327-338. ISSN 0951-0605 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1099-0860.2012.00475.x


Social research into the daily activities of children is important if we are to understand how children perceive themselves in relationship to their world. Ethically managed social research that allows children to speak as informed and competent subjects is thus vital. However, research regulatory bodies may be more concerned with protecting the privacy of children than facilitating their participation in research projects. In a context where publicly funded researchers are encouraged to make their data available for reuse, the bureaucratisation of the consent and ethics processes may impinge on the conduct and benefits, and the future accessibility, of the research itself. Reflecting on the findings of the Childhood, Tradition and Change research on playlore in Australian primary schools, we argue for a more balanced approach from regulatory authorities between protection and participation in relation to low-risk social research with children.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:children’s culture, participation, social research, ethical research, privacy, rights, policy and practice.
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Other Studies in Human Society
Research Field:Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Other Cultural Understanding
Objective Field:Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, Kate (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:123341
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-01-03
Last Modified:2018-01-19

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