Action Research – Ethical Issues. CARN Study Day Liverpool Hope University May 2005. What is research?. A way of finding things out Finding out how to do things better Finding out why we do things the way we do Gaining an understanding of how things work or happen
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Action Research – Ethical Issues
CARN Study Day
Liverpool Hope University
What is research?
- the foundation for medical ethics;
“first do no harm”
Data Protection Act 1998
This gives priority to personal privacy
and protection of personal information.
Anyone who wants to collect personal
data must say how the information will
be used, who will have access to it, and
that it will not be stored or shared any
longer than necessary.
(This also relies upon the integrity of
The Integrity of the Researcher
There are some grey areas though……...
Ethnography - capturing behaviour when
people do not feel they are being observed.
Participation or exploitation?
Covert or overt observation?
Non-participant or participant observer?
A participant could be wielding influence…
A non-participant could be projecting /
offering own viewpoint...
Both would argue they were being
academically rigorous and ethically
Personal integrity is crucial -
and acknowledge possible bias or
influence in findings.
Seek permission / informed consent
Explanation from researcher as to nature
and purpose of research.
Recorded personal data will be destroyed
as soon as appropriate.
Responsibility to participant where
project involves sensitive personal
Always be aware that individuals have a
right to access information organisations
may be keeping on them.
‘Those who contribute to research findings
as informants or as research subjects, should
be no worse off at the end of their participation
than they were when they started.’
Denscombe, M. (2003)
The Good Research Guide O.U. Press
‘What are the narrative constructs
of bereaved parents?’
‘I only want what is in your mind
and in your heart’
‘I’ll be a window in your home’
Research offers the world a
window onto our practice
Action research flings the windows open