Presentation on theme: "Introducing an Ethical Grid Kris Stutchbury"— Presentation transcript:
1Introducing an Ethical Grid Kris Stutchbury email@example.com An Approach to EthicsIntroducing an Ethical GridKris Stutchbury
2Activity Read the account of a science teacher’s MEd project Identify the main ethical issuesHow did you approach the issue?
3What does the literature say? Ethics can be a difficult issueEthical issues will emerge over timeLists of principles and guidelines are not enoughBUT……….Lack of coherenceHow can you be sure you have thought of everything?Institutional requirements can be onerous
4Seedhouse’s Ethical Grid Provides a way of thinking about a situation that is structured, coherent and recoverable.Based on Moral TheoryConsists of layersDesigned to be used in Healthcare – but has potential as a tool to be used beyond that.
6An alternative view of the grid……………. CoreRationaleDeontological layerConsequential layerExternal Considerations
7External Considerations Codes of practiceRisksThe lawUse of resourcesEffectiveness and efficiency of actionThe degree of certainty of the evidence on which action is taken
8Consequentialist Layer Consequences of the research for:oneselfthe individuala particular group of individualssociety
9Duties + Motives (Intentions) Tell the truthMinimise harmKeep promisesDo most positive good
10Concern for Individuals Respect the needs of individualsRespect AutonomyRespect persons equallyCreate autonomy?The Ethic of Trust?
11Flinders Utilitarian Relational Ecological informed consent DeontologicalRelationalEcologicalRecruitmentinformedconsentreciprocitycollaborationcultural sensitivityFieldworkavoidance of harmavoidance of wrongavoidance of impositionavoidance of detachmentReportingconfidentialityfairnessconfirmationresponsive communication
12A quote from Seedhouse…… ‘The Ethical Grid is a tool, and nothing more than that. Like a hammer or screwdriver used competently, it can make certain tasks easier, but it cannot direct the tasks, nor can it help decide which tasks are the most important. The Grid can enhance deliberation- it can throw light into unseen corners and can suggest new avenues of thought – but it is not a substitute for personal judgement’ (p209)
13AdvantagesProvides structure and coherence in a field in which it is lackingBased on Moral theoryCan be used over time at different points in the researchSeems to embrace many of the ideas described elsewhere
14ReferenceStutchbury, Kris and Fox, Alison(2009) 'Ethics in educational research: introducing a methodological tool for effective ethical analysis', Cambridge Journal of Education, 39: 4, 489 — 504