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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.”

Ethical Decision Making in Social Research (Books: Ron Iphofen 2009)0

Posted by Admin in on May 22, 2015
 

BOOK: Iphofen R (2009) Ethical Decision-Making in Social Research: a Practical Guide. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

“This practical, user-friendly book is an invaluable guide to ethical decision-making in social research. Offering support and guidance throughout the research process – from designing research proposals and submitting them for ethical scrutiny to anticipating ethical dilemmas that might arise whilst research is being planned, conducted and reported – this is an essential companion for all professional researchers navigating the growing demands for ethical practice.

Central to the book is a unique ‘ethical review checklist’, which guides ethical thinking at each stage of a research project. The checklist helps researchers to anticipate harms and benefits at the outset of a project, but also supports ongoing monitoring of ethical concerns throughout the life of a project – be it counducted by an individual, research group or commissioning body. Further features include a template for developing a robust research proposal, a glossary of terms and a list of useful websites. The book also draws extensively on case studies of ethical decision making, grounding moral problems in real-life examples. Written in an accessible and readable style to appeal to a range of needs, this guide provides much-needed practical advice to supplement the ethical codes and guidelines offered by professional associations in the social sciences, and is based on insight and understanding of the moral problems that social researchers routinely confront.”

Dartmouth and Stanford Apologize After a Political-Science Experiment Gone Wrong – The Chronicle of Higher Education0

Posted by Admin in on May 22, 2015
 

A political-science study that involved a deceptive mailing to Montana voters raises questions about a new research trend.

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