Research with children as theologians: Ethical and methodological issues

Annemie Dillen
2019 HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies  
Childhood studies have indicated that children should be considered more and more as 'active subjects' whose voices should be heard and taken seriously. This argument is based on a view of In this article, I explain why it is important for theologians to involve children in empirical research, and why children themselves can and should be considered as 'theologians'. Therefore, I refer to theories in childhood studies and child theology (children as active participants and subjects), and also
more » ... bjects), and also to contemporary trends in empirical research and practical theology (views on theology and ethnography, lived religion etc.). Counter-arguments for involving children in empirical research are discussed as well. In the second step, I deal with ethical issues and discuss which aspects have to be taken into account when doing research with children.
doi:10.4102/hts.v75i1.5507 fatcat:tpn4wzmjxzggdcee4ly4niid7e