Sunday, March 30, 2014

ResearchMethods: Research Ethics: Ethics Questions a Researcher Should Ask (U9-P2) Sp14

Some Ethics Questions a Researcher Should Ask

1) Do subjects have free choice?

  • Free choice

    • Informed consent
    • Briefing/Debriefing - clear up any deception

    2) Are subjects shown respect?

  • Respect - e.g. sexism, racism

  • 3) Are subjects compensated in some way for their time and effort?

  • Compensation

    • Manus manum lavat = “one hand washes the other”

    4) Are the data collected kept safe and carefully analyzed?

  • When analyzing data--

    • Careful data handing
    • Careful data analysis

    5) Are data made available to other researchers?

  • When reporting data--

    • Keep data and make data available, if asked.

    6) What are the effects of your research on others after it is reported?  Does good?  Harm?

  • 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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