Becoming an ethical researcher
Becoming an ethical researcher

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Becoming an ethical researcher

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Kate’s doctoral research with youth workers Teresa’s research about teachers as writers

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What?

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For whom?

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A key issue you can imagine

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Research question 1 Approach would most like to use 2 Approach might consider using 3 Approach you are less likely to consider using 4 Approach you would least want to use or feel you should not use
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Who?

Could indicate vulnerability?

(Yes/no/depends)

Why?

(group, topic, context or not applicable)

1. Young person, 19, conducting participatory workshop on teenage pregnancy and sexual health.
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2. Researcher recording audio interviews with parents in home-school group.
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3. Documentary research in census pre-1911 using outdated/offensive terms for disability.
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4. Filming play at home of child under 16 with communication impairment.
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5. Seeking consent from parent with limited English to film classroom of child under 16.
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6. Analysing nurses’ reflective journals on different nursing experiences.
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7. Large-scale online survey of women’s perceptions of body image.
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8. Researcher conducting psychology experiment on eye tracking and paintings.
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9. Conducting focus group with young adults after leaving care on their fostering and care home experiences.
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10. Visual analysis of drawings of conflict by displaced people.
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Session 5

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Disseminating – through publication or performance
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Generating – collecting data, ideas
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Creating – related to results, interpretations, critiques and models or theoretical insights
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Negotiating – gaining access, permissions, consent and support
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Framing – setting questions or hypotheses
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Reflecting – on personal learning about the process of research

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Research activity Solo Team
Interviewing close colleagues inside your own organisation
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Deciding what to include and what to leave out of a survey
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Making arrangements for field work in more than one site over a wide geographical area using a travel budget
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Stopping field work when participants become upset and seek a debriefing
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Making observational notes in a group setting
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Using an unfamiliar software package for analysing data
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Conducting field work where the language and culture is new to you
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Coding and grouping of data for analysis
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Responding to a senior person who wants to influence your research for a different agenda
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Establishing trust in research relationships before collecting data on sensitive topics
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Interrupting field work when the situation becomes physically or psychologically unsafe
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Finding out something unexpected and exciting in your data
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Identifying a concerning safeguarding issue during field work
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Designing a poster to disseminate your emerging findings
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Making a presentation about your research
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Responsibilities to… Actions for legacy… Possible negative consequences if not considered
Participants Have I thanked all those involved? Is it culturally appropriate to offer a gift? Have I made my research findings available?
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Sponsors, clients and stakeholders Did I meet all the requirements of me? Did I report on time? Did I manage my budget (if relevant) efficiently?
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Community of educational researchers Have I developed positive relationships with those in the research site? Have I raised positive understandings of research?
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Publish and disseminate Can people find my research findings readily? Did I reach as many potential audiences as might have been interested in my findings?
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My own wellbeing and development Have I increased my skills and confidence in carrying out research? Have I identified training I need?
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