There's no ethics here!

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Radford, Neil 2018. There's no ethics here! Research Intelligence.
AuthorsRadford, Neil
Abstract

Increasingly education research students are drawn to forms of research that are researcher-centric, such as desk-based systematic literature reviews and autoethnographic studies of personal experience and practice (Doloriert and Sambrook, 2009). Whilst most UK universities require ethical approval, I remain perplexed by frequent claims from both students and supervisors, that such studies have no ethical considerations, with ethical scrutiny consequently perceived as a barrier or chore. Do such studies really lack ethical issues? This article asks whether it is realistic to claim that there are ‘no ethics here’, and argues that the role of education ethics committees goes beyond simply project approval, namely the promotion and maintenance of ethically literate researchers.

Increasingly education research students are drawn to forms of research that are researcher-centric, such as desk-based systematic literature reviews and autoethnographic studies of personal experience and practice (Doloriert and Sambrook, 2009). Whilst most UK universities require ethical approval, I remain perplexed by frequent claims from both students and supervisors, that such studies have no ethical considerations, with ethical scrutiny consequently perceived as a barrier or chore. Do such studies really lack ethical issues? This article asks whether it is realistic to claim that there are ‘no ethics here’, and argues that the role of education ethics committees goes beyond simply project approval, namely the promotion and maintenance of ethically literate researchers.

KeywordsEducation; Research ethics; Postgraduate research students
Year2018
JournalResearch Intelligence
PublisherBritish Educational Research Association
ISSN01411926
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/622827
hdl:10545/622827
Publication dates13 Jul 2018
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Deposited18 Jul 2018, 08:55
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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