Thursday, March 21, 2013

ResearchMethods: Research Ethics: Ethics Questions a Researcher Should Ask (U7-P2) Sp13

What is a series of ethics questions a researcher should ask?

  • 1. To research or not to research?
  • 2. If O.K. to study, then what should I study?
  • 3. When researching people--what about…?
    • Privacy rights
      • Anonymity - can’t connect responses to respondent
      • Confidentiality - promise not to reveal
    • Free choice
      • Informed consent
      • Briefing/Debriefing - clear up any deception
    • Respect - e.g. sexism, racism
    • Compensation
      • Manus manum lavat = “one hand washes the other”
  • 4. When analyzing data--
    • Careful data handing
    • Careful data analysis
  • 5. When reporting data--
    • Keep data and make data available, if asked.
  • 6. Using results
    • Consider the effects of research on those who use the results or are affected by them.

A Test: Some Cases: What is Ethics in Research & Why is it Important?

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