Student's Guide to Research Ethics

ISBN-10: 0335237975
ISBN-13: 9780335237975
Edition: 2nd 2010
Authors: Paul Oliver
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 3/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Dr Paul Oliver was formerly a lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He has published twenty books in the areas of religion, education and philosophy, seven of which have been translated into other languages.

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 participation in 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 context
Ethical themes
The privacy of respondents, and restrictions on the use of data
Anonymity
Confidentiality
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
References
Index

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