‘I want to share this video with you today.’ Children’s participation rights in childhood research.

  • Carmen Huser Charles Sturt University, Australia

Abstract

The Convention on the Rights of the Child foregrounds the right to participate. Contributing to decision-making on matters concerning children’s lives is fundamental to rights education. This paper discusses ethical and methodological considerations of children’s rights-based epistemology, arguing that children are competent to reflect upon and exercise their participation rights. The present study explores 4/5-year-old children’s perspectives on play in an Australian early childhood education service. It aims to identify ethical spaces in research involving children. The findings address children’s participation choices; including conditional assent, dissent, and their influence on the research. These outcomes are important because a) little is known about the ways children choose to participate, and b) they raise questions about the realisation of children’s participation rights. This paper concludes by examining the implications for research that acknowledges children’s demonstration of their participation rights in physical, creative, and social-emotional spaces.

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Author Biography

Carmen Huser, Charles Sturt University, Australia

Carmen Huser has been a Research Associate in the School of Education and graduated with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Education from Charles Sturt University, Australia in 2018. She worked as an early childhood educator, research assistant and guest lecturer in Germany and is a child rights advocate.

Published
2019-11-03
How to Cite
Huser, C. (2019). ‘I want to share this video with you today.’ Children’s participation rights in childhood research. Human Rights Education Review, 2(2), 45-63. https://doi.org/10.7577/hrer.3322