Negotiating access, ethics and the problems of ‘inside’ research. Researchers have to ask permission to have access to an institution, an organization or to materials.
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Informed consent form unless they had time to read and consider the implications.
University of York
INFORMED CONSENT FORM
for participation in research
The purpose of this document is to make explicit the nature of the proposed involvement between the researcher and the person agreeing to supply information (the participants), and to record that the research subjects understand and are happy with the proposed arrangements.
The researcher The research in charge of this study is Mphil/Ph.D. student Huang Yu-Hsiu in the Department of Educational Studies, University of York.
The research The purpose of the research is to investigate the impact of ICT, ideology, and culture on women’s language learning.
What participation in the study will involve Participants will be asked to grant one focus group up to an hour duration. The focus group will be recorded on audiotape. It is understood that the participants are free to decline to answer any question, to terminate the discussion at any time and to require any section of the recording be deleted.
Use of the Data unless they had time to read and consider the implications. The aim will be eventually to present the research, along with data collected in other parts of the study, in appropriate contexts, academic and professional, through publications, conference presentations, teaching and so on. If so requested the researcher will refrain from using data that the subject considers sensitive. The participants will be given copies of any publications based on the research.
Anonymity of participants All information acquired will be treated as confidential. Unless specifically agreed otherwise, references in publications, talks etc, to particular jobs, organisations, individuals etc. will be anonymised and features might make identification easy will be removed.
Declaration by the research subject: I have read and am happy with the arrangements as set out above.
Signature of participants
Research ethics is about being clear about the nature of the agreement you have entered into with your research subjects or contacts. This is why contracts can be a useful device. Ethical research involves getting the informed consent of those you are going to interview, question, observe or take materials from. It involves reaching agreements about the uses of this data, and how its analysis will be reported and disseminated. And it is about keeping to such agreement when they have been reached.