The participation of young children (under 8) in qualitative research

Rita Brito, Patrícia Dias

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In the last decades, the role of children in qualitative research has changed, from unknown and incapable subjects, to attentive subjects and active participants. But for your participation to be appropriate and ethical, it is convenient to adopt some methods. Thus, it is intended with this article to make a critical review regarding the participation of children, up to 8 years, in qualitative investigations. Some techniques of data collection used by the authors will be presented in qualitative investigations, with the intention that the children be participative and active subjects. It is also intended to contribute to the methodological discussion and ethical issues in qualitative research with children.
Translated title of the contributionA participação ética de crianças com menos de 8 anos em investigação qualitativa
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-29
Number of pages14
JournalRevista EDaPECI: Educação a Distância e Práticas Educativas Comunicacionais e Interculturais
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Children
  • Ethics
  • Qualitative methods


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