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‘Stepping back’ as researchers: How are we addressing ethics in arts-based approaches to working with war-affected children in school and community settings.

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‘Stepping back’ as researchers: How are we addressing ethics in arts-based approaches to working with war-affected children in school and community settings.

Akesson, Bree, D’Amico, Miranda, Denov, Myriam, Khan, Fatima, Linds, Warren and Mitchell, Claudia (2014) ‘Stepping back’ as researchers: How are we addressing ethics in arts-based approaches to working with war-affected children in school and community settings. Educational Research for Social Change, 3 (1). pp. 75-89. ISSN 2221-4070

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Abstract

There is a need for an ethically responsible means of conducting arts-based research with
children affected by global adversity, including children affected by war. The multiple effects of
war on children remains a global issue. While there are many approaches to working with waraffected
children, participatory arts-based methods such as photovoice, drama, and drawing
are being increasingly relied upon. However, what are the ethical issues and how are
researchers and practitioners taking up these issues in school, community, and “on the street”
settings? By reviewing the literature on ethical issues that may arise when working with
children through arts-based methods, this article identifies four critical ethical issues that
represent specific challenges in relation to children affected by war: (1) informed consent; (2)
truth, interpretation, and representation; (3) dangerous emotional terrain; and (4) aesthetics.
The article highlights current gaps in the research and poses several unanswered questions in
arts-based research with war-affected children.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Applied Human Sciences
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Akesson, Bree and D’Amico, Miranda and Denov, Myriam and Khan, Fatima and Linds, Warren and Mitchell, Claudia
Journal or Publication:Educational Research for Social Change
Date:April 2014
Keywords:Arts-based Research; War-affected Children; Ethics; Informed Consent; Interpretation.
ID Code:978740
Deposited By: WARREN LINDS
Deposited On:23 Jul 2014 15:03
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:47
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