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The Handbook of Social Research Ethics (Books: Donna Mertens & Pauline E. Ginsberg 2008)0

Posted by Admin in on May 22, 2015
 

BOOK: Mertens DM and Ginsberg PE (eds) (2009) Handbook of Social Research Ethics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

The Handbook of Social Research Ethics is the first comprehensive volume of its kind to offer a deeper understanding of the history, theory, philosophy, andáimplementation of applied social research ethics. Much of the literature surrounding research ethics originates from or focuses on medical or related health science issues involving human subject research. Yet, the intricacies of social research often raises ethical concerns and issues that are unique to or requiring further contextualization to general research ethics topics, guidelines, and practices. This volume brings together eminent, international scholars across the social and behavioral sciences and education to address those ethical issues that arise in the theory and practice of research within the technologically advancing and culturally complex world in which we live. In addition, ethical dilemmas that arise in the relationship between research practice and social justice issues are examined. The guiding themes used throughout the volume include: Defining and exploring the role(s) of ethics in research from a multi-disciplinary perspective; Making explicit the differing ethical emphases entailed by differing research traditions; Locating ethical concerns within research practice; Elucidating how each of the above influences the relationship between good ethical practice and good research practice. This reference is an invaluable resource to graduate students, professors, researchers, and practitioners of various kinds of social and behavioral research.”

Planning Ethically Responsible Research (Books: Joan Sieber & Martin Tolich 2012)0

Posted by Admin in on May 22, 2015
 

BOOK: Sieber JE and Tolich MB (2013) Planning Ethically Responsible Research (2nd edition). Los Angeles: Sage.

“Extensively revised and updated to serve today’s needs for insight and solutions to the most vexing ethical and regulatory problems faced by researchers today, Planning Ethically Responsible Research, Second Edition guides readers through one of the most important aspects of their social or behavioral research: planning ethically responsible research. Authors Joan E. Sieber and Martin B. Tolich offer invaluable, practical guidance to researchers and graduate students to understand ethical concerns within real-life research situations, satisfy federal regulations governing human research, and work with the university’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). The book includes an abundance of useful tools: detailed instructions on development of an effective IRB protocol; methods for handling issues of consent, privacy, confidentiality and deception; ways to assess risk and benefit to optimize research outcomes; and how to respect the needs of vulnerable research populations.”

Ethics in Qualitative Research (Books: Martyn Hammersley & Anna Traianou 2012)0

Posted by Admin in on May 22, 2015
 

BOOK: Hammersley M and Traianou A (2012) Ethics in Qualitative Research: Controversies and Contexts. London: Sage.

“All social researchers need to think about ethical issues. Their salience has recently been increased by the pressures of ethical regulation, particularly in the case of qualitative research. But what are ethical issues? And how should they be approached? These are not matters about which there is agreement. Ethics in Qualitative Research explores conflicting philosophical assumptions, the diverse social contexts in which ethical problems arise, and the complexities of handling them in practice.

The authors argue that the starting point for any discussion of research ethics must be the values intrinsic to research, above all the commitment to knowledge-production. However, the pursuit of inquiry is rightly constrained by external values, and the book focuses on three of these: minimising harm, respecting autonomy, and protecting privacy. These external values are shown to be far from unequivocal in character, often in conflict with one another (or with the commitments of research), and always subject to situational interpretation and practical judgment. Nevertheless, it is contended that in the present challenging times it is essential that qualitative researchers uphold research values.

is Professor of Educational and Social Research at The Open University.

is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Educational Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London.”

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007)0

Posted by Admin in on May 21, 2015
 

The Australian Code is the Australian national reference for research integrity. The document was issued by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council and Universities Australia.

The sections of the Australian Code discuss:

• The general principles of responsible research;
• The management of research data and primary materials;
• The supervision of HDRs, ECRs and other research trainees;
• Publication and dissemination of research findings;
• Authorship;
• Peer review;
• Conflicts of interest;
• Collaborative research; and
• Breaches of the Australian Code and Research Misconduct

Even though the document has not been enacted compliance with the Australian Code is a strict condition of NHMRC and ARC funding. It is expected that an update to the ‘Conflicts of interest’ section will be released later in 2015. Work is currently underway to update the ‘Breaches of the Australian Code and Research Misconduct’ section.

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