Course content

The course content entails how research evidence can be generated ethically in the research process when doing early interventions and applied research in Special Education. In the course doctoral students will problematize and critically reflect about ethical dilemmas in intervention research with and about children, both in a national and international perspective. Knowledge about doing research with vulnerable groups will be reflected upon in relation to The UN convention on the rights of the child and the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities as these conventions forms a sound base when conducting research with and about children.

Contents of the course includes:
•    Levels of children’s participation in research
•    Ethical dilemmas/issues related to consent, both informed consent and passive consent
•    Principles of research ethics and codes of practice for researchers
•    Ethics related to intervention and control in research with children
•    Understanding ethics issues when using data collection by proxy persons, in comparison with children’s own voices
•    Risk, bias, ethical considerations and trustworthiness of research findings
•    International comparisons in ethical issues in research with and about children
•    Multicultural aspects of ethics in research

Learning outcomes

After having completed the course, course participants will be able to:
•    Identify ethical dilemmas in conducting early interventions and applied research in special education
•    Develop knowledge concerning ethical principles in relation to research with and about children
•    Critically reflect over ethical considerations concerning the whole research process in relation to research with and about children
•    Reflect upon and compare international differences in research ethics in relation to research with and about children
•    Reflect upon ethical aspects about trustworthiness when children or proxy persons are informants
•    Compare ethical principles and dilemmas when using data from proxy persons and/or children
•    Critically ethically reflect over the researcher’s own approach in relation to collecting data from children and proxy persons, as when analyzing the data
•    Apply ethical principles and ethical aspects when using observations as data collection and reflect on validity and reliability

Time schedule

Autumn semester 2019 (quarter speed, 25%)

The course will take place at Jönköping University and Stockholm University, with meetings on 2-3/9 (Jönköping), 5-6/11 and 16-17/12 (Stockholm).

*Accommodation at Jönköping will be provided within the course for PhD students of the research school in Special Education but not for external course participants.


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Application can be made until the 12/8, 2019.
The course will prioritize PhD students who are part of the Research School in Special Education, and PhD students in Special Education. Other PhD students will be accepted according to availability.

Send your application to course administrator Noelle Rossnahan with your name, email address and information about your research subject and University you are attending.


For any enquiries contact Direct of Research Studies at the Department of Special Education, Jenny Wilder,

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