The Narrative Approach to Informed Consent: Empowering Young Children’s Rights and Meaningful Participation is a practical guide for researchers who want to engage young children in rights-based, participatory research. This book presents the Narrative Approach, an original and innovative method to help children understand their participation in research. This approach moves away from traditional paper-based consent to tailor the informed consent process to the specific needs of young children. Through the Informing Story, which employs a combination of interaction, information and narrative, this method enables children to comprehend concepts through storytelling. Researchers are stepped through the development of an Informing Story so that they can deliver accurate information to young children about what their participation in research is likely to involve. To further inform practice, the book documents the implementation of the Narrative Approach in four case studies demonstrating the variety of settings in which the method can be applied.

The Narrative Approach to Informed Consent addresses the rights of young children to be properly researched, expands opportunities for their active and engaged research participation, and creates a unique conceptual ethical space within which meaningful informed consent can occur. This book will be an invaluable tool for novice and experienced researchers and is applicable to a wide range of education and non-education contexts.

chapter |6 pages


ByFiona Mayne, Christine Howitt

part 1|33 pages

Theoretical and methodological underpinnings of the Narrative Approach

chapter 1|17 pages

Positioning the child as competent in the research process

ByFiona Mayne, Christine Howitt

chapter 2|14 pages

The conceptual model underpinning the Narrative Approach

ByFiona Mayne, Christine Howitt

part 2|26 pages

Developing and implementing an Informing Story

chapter 3|24 pages

Developing and delivering an Informing Story

ByFiona Mayne, Christine Howitt

part 3|70 pages

Adapting an Informing Story

part 4|34 pages

Future directions for the Narrative Approach

chapter 8|15 pages

Possibilities and challenges of the Narrative Approach

ByFiona Mayne, Christine Howitt

chapter 9|17 pages


The Toymaker Informing Story and the Toymaker Participation Story
ByFiona Mayne, Christine Howitt