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Holiday funny – What are you thankful for?0

Posted by Admin in on November 23, 2017

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The Ethics Journey in Children’s Research: Checklist0

Posted by Admin in on November 21, 2017

Introduction to the Department
“The Department of Children and Youth Affairs was established on 2nd June 2011. The Government decided to create this dedicated Department and, in doing so, to consolidate a range of functions previously discharged by various Government Ministers. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs sits at the Cabinet table

Quite a nice short checklist from the Irish government for developing ethical research projects involving children

  • Author: Anne Cleary
  • Abstract: Guidance for developing ethical research projects involving children.
  • Publisher: Government Publications
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Pages: 2:
  • Keywords: Ethics, research, checklist, methodology, REC
  • Record Number: 433
  • Accessible Format: N/A


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Researchers under scrutiny after noise experiment prompts ‘violent’ reaction – Brisbane Times (Peter Hannam | November 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on November 19, 2017

A New Zealand university is investigating the conduct of researchers who let the subject of a “noise sensitisation” experiment drive a vehicle despite experiencing a “severe” response after visiting a wind farm in NSW.

Massey University said it had already undertaken an “educative review” with two researchers – among the four in total – who teach at the institution.

“Retraction of the research is an option open to the university,” Giselle Byrnes, an assistant vice-chancellor at Massey, said in a letter responding to a complaint about the study.

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Ethical Covert Research (Papers: Paul Spicker | 2011)0

Posted by Admin in on November 14, 2017

Covert research is research which is not declared to the research participants or subjects. This is often muddled with deception, and condemned as intrinsically unethical. The basis of that condemnation is a legitimate concern with the rights of research subjects. It is, however, over-generalized. Research subjects do have rights, but they are not the only people with rights. They may have some say about the use of information, but not all information is under their control. They are entitled to privacy, but not everything is private. Undeclared, undisclosed research in informal settings has to be accepted as a normal part of academic enquiry.

SPICKER, P., 2011. Ethical covert research. Sociology, 45 (1), pp. 118-133
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