Presentation on theme: "Ethical policies and issues for educational research Tim Bond SSL Faculty Research Ethics Officer."— Presentation transcript:
Ethical policies and issues for educational research Tim Bond SSL Faculty Research Ethics Officer
Overview Distinctive characteristics of educational research Current procedures Questions for today
Features of educational research Contested field of study with different research purposes and corresponding approaches to knowledge Contextually sensitive and diverse Typical research subjects are disempowered by immaturity and institutional context or skilled in protecting own power and authority? Conformist or resistant?
Features of educational research Gatekeepers may have vested interests in methods and outcomes of research. Can skew or frustrate inclusivity of potential participants Risks to participants are usually reputational, social, multifaceted and some are hard to predict and evaluate in advance – systemic reflexivity Just another lesson – blurring between research and everyday activities
Current research ethics procedures Another gatekeeper or opportunity for clarification and problem-solving in ways that support respect, rigour and responsibility? Departmental processes Faculty processes
Questions for today What are the ethical dilemmas and issues? How are the tensions between knowledge generation and respect for persons best resolved? At what point in the research process do ethical issues become apparent? What can independent review contribute in comparison to fostering ethically minded researchers?