Becoming an ethical researcher
Becoming an ethical researcher

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7 Summary of Session 1

What constitutes ethical research?

This session has introduced you to some of the ethical choices social science researchers may face when engaging in research depending on the topics, contexts and data they are interested in studying. You will have reflected on a range of research examples in different contexts and some of the ethical concerns and issues which might arise. You have had a chance to think about why research is important and as a researcher, the need to weigh up risks and benefits when considering whether or not to research a topic or how you might carry it out. You have also considered the need to be aware of the positionality of the researcher and how it might influence research. You have also started to think about topics you think are important and, if you had the chance, might like to research.

Activity 10 Gallery task of takeaways from Session 1

Timing: Allow approximately 15 minutes

Choose one image to sum up a memorable point in your learning during this session about ethical research and share it on the course forum [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] thread.

Your chosen image might capture something that you think researchers should or should not do. Be careful to collect images that can be shared using Creative Copyright licenses and are ethical to share. If you need to attribute the owner of the image, do so under your image post. You could do a drawing or take a photograph of your own. You would then be the image owner. If the photo includes other people, you should gain their consent and it is recommended to avoid this if they can be identified (e.g. their face is showing).

Note: In this forum post you may want to use an image, for advice on how to upload images to forum review our advice page.

You can now go to Session 2.

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