Negotiating Adult–Child Relationships in Early Childhood Research
Routledge – 2014 – 152 pages
Negotiating Adult–Child Relationships in Early Childhood Research presents a substantive critique of technicist and neoliberal approaches to ethics through an exploration of the complicated and often ‘messy’ situations faced in negotiating relationships in research with children. Despite growing acknowledgement of their centrality, relationships between adult researchers and very young participants have been neglected and under-theorised, and in response, this book offers a comprehensive conceptualisation of adult–child research relationships through examination of questions, including:
Drawing on data from their own research, the authors contend that relationships are part of a wider web of social relations and space–time configurations. They propose and develop a relational ethics of answerability and social justice, inspired by the work of Bakhtin and, in addition, explore the way material bodies come to matter, the ambiguity of consent in educator-research, and the risks and possibilities of research relationships. Chapters include innovative formulations of reciprocity, ‘sensing practices’, and political-ethical responsibility.
This book contributes to current debates about research with young children, offering an incisive and thorough exploration of the importance of relationships to the research process. Relevant for international audiences, this book is essential reading for early childhood students and educators, researchers, and lecturers with an interest in research with children.
1. Considering adult–child relationships in research 2. The spaces and places of research relationships 3. Child and adults, participants and researchers: What do we make of eacher other? 4. A web of relationships: Encounters between researchers, educators, and children 5. The educator as researcher: Implications for research for relationships 6. Generating data, generating relationships: From observation to sensing practices 7. 'Civilising' children, confronting inequalities: Navigating narratives of the 'good researcher' 8. Building comman cause with children: Reciprocity in the research process
Deborah Albon and Rachel Rosen are both Senior Lecturers in Early Childhood Studies at London Metropolitan University, UK.