The Student's Guide to Research Ethics by Paul OliverThe Student's Guide to Research Ethics by Paul Oliver

The Student's Guide to Research Ethics

byPaul Oliver

Paperback | April 16, 2010

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  • Why should every researcher consider the ethical implications of their work?
  • What constitutes ethical research?
  • How can best practice be maintained throughout a research project?This reader-friendly book examines the ethical issues and questions that occur in university and professional research and will help both beginning and experienced researchers to identify ethical issues when they are conducting research.

    The book thoroughly examines the broader ethical issues that arise throughout research, from the design stage through to data collection and analysis. It also investigates topical issues such as content, confidentiality and ethical questions in the dissemination of research. There are also discussions of ethical theories as well as case studies that highlight dilemmas and how they can be avoided or resolved.

    This new edition is thoroughly updated to reflect the greater emphasis researchers must now place on ethics and includes information on:

    • Ethical concerns of the internet and technology
    • Regulatory frameworks and research governance
    • Ethical requirements of funding bodies
    • The involvement of research participants in research design
    • Codes of ethics within different disciplines'Ethical Dialogue' and 'Ethical Dilemmas' boxes feature throughout the book in order to highlight key issues.

      There are also further reading sections at the end of each chapter as well as expanded coverage of plagiarism. The Student's Guide to Research Ethics is an invaluable tool for both undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as professionals who research as part of their jobs.

  • Paul Oliver is a principal lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield. He has wide experience of teaching courses on research methods at postgraduate level, and thesis supervision for Masters, Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees. His research interests are in the fields of education, philosop...
    Title:The Student's Guide to Research EthicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.06 × 6.02 × 0.47 inPublished:April 16, 2010Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

    The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

    ISBN - 10:0335237975

    ISBN - 13:9780335237975

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    Table of Contents

    PART ONE Ethics and the research process

    Introduction: ethics and research
    Some terminological issues: participants, subjects or respondents?
    Ethics and research aims
    Moral justifications of research
    Situations where engaging in research may be ethically undesirable
    Responsibilities of researchers to fellow researchers, respondents, the public and the academic community
    Areas of research which raise ethical issues

    Research and the respondent: ethical issues before the research commences
    Procedures for identifying and recruiting potential respondents
    The principle of informed consent
    Written information on the research project, and obtaining
    written consent
    Potential disadvantage or harm which might affect respondents
    Will respondents be likely to gain in any way from participationin the research?
    The involvement of research participants in research design
    Researching vulnerable groups of people
    Obtaining access to the research field via 'gatekeepers'
    The role of ethics committees and boards
    Obtaining relevant permission to conduct research
    Reaching agreement with institutions or organizations in
    which research will be conducted

    Research and the respondent: ethical issues during the research
    The ethics of recording data
    The right of respondents to end involvement in the research
    The disclosure by respondents of sensitive material
    Ethical issues in the use of information and communication technology
    The ethics of ethnographic fieldwork
    The ethics of the research interview
    Ethical issues in the use of questionnaires
    The use of inducements to provide data
    Is it ever ethical to collect data from respondents using deception or covert methods?

    Research and the respondent: ethical issues when data collection has been completed
    The issue of allowing respondents to read, edit and confirm the accuracy of data
    Reporting research results to respondents
    Arrangements for the disposal of raw data
    Potential psychological effects on respondents
    The distinction between interview research and counselling
    Possible consequences when the respondent remains in the research contextPART TWO Ethical themes

    The privacy of respondents, and restrictions on the use of data
    Trying to maintain the social ecology of a research setting
    Observational studies in a public setting
    Privacy in relation to institutions and organizations
    The storage of data

    Differences in the research context
    Cultural differences
    Gender differences
    Differences of ethnicity
    Religious differences
    The collection of data when the researcher is of a different
    culture or gender from that of respondents
    Issues specific to research in a health or social care context

    The funding and sponsorship of research
    Ethics and funding agreements
    The ethics of research contracts
    The resolution of potential conflicts of interest
    The issue of allowing sponsors to read or edit draft research reports
    Intellectual ownership
    Regulatory Frameworks and Research Governance
    Codes of Ethics within different disciplines

    Ethical concerns when using the Internet and Technology
    Contacting respondents
    Collecting data using the internet
    Collecting data from internet sources
    Privacy on the internet

    The publication and dissemination of research
    Different audiences for research reports and findings
    Editorial procedures in academic journals
    The nature of plagiarism
    The style of expression of academic judgements
    Establishing authorship
    Acting as a reviewer of academic material
    The uses of synopses of research
    Acknowledging the limitations of research conclusions

    Conclusion: the role of the researcher
    Representation of research findings to non-researchers
    Recognition of the value of different research methodologies
    Consultation with peers on complex ethical issues
    Using forms of communication and language which are appropriate to the context
    The benefits and disadvantages of being a research participant
    Some principles for trying to resolve ethical dilemmas in research