Presentation on theme: "Introducing an Ethical Grid Kris Stutchbury"— Presentation transcript:
1 Introducing an Ethical Grid Kris Stutchbury firstname.lastname@example.org An Approach to EthicsIntroducing an Ethical GridKris Stutchbury
2 Activity Read the account of a science teacher’s MEd project Identify the main ethical issuesHow did you approach the issue?
3 What 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
4 Seedhouse’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.
6 An alternative view of the grid……………. CoreRationaleDeontological layerConsequential layerExternal Considerations
7 External Considerations Codes of practiceRisksThe lawUse of resourcesEffectiveness and efficiency of actionThe degree of certainty of the evidence on which action is taken
8 Consequentialist Layer Consequences of the research for:oneselfthe individuala particular group of individualssociety
9 Duties + Motives (Intentions) Tell the truthMinimise harmKeep promisesDo most positive good
10 Concern for Individuals Respect the needs of individualsRespect AutonomyRespect persons equallyCreate autonomy?The Ethic of Trust?
11 Flinders Utilitarian Relational Ecological informed consent DeontologicalRelationalEcologicalRecruitmentinformedconsentreciprocitycollaborationcultural sensitivityFieldworkavoidance of harmavoidance of wrongavoidance of impositionavoidance of detachmentReportingconfidentialityfairnessconfirmationresponsive communication
12 A 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)
13 AdvantagesProvides 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
14 ReferenceStutchbury, 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