ERIC Number: ED201683
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Deception in Educational Research.
Killian, Paul; Dashiell, William
The prevalence of deception and failure to obtain consent in educational research was studied. Articles in two journals that regularly publish educational research were examined. The journals were Volume 17 (1980) of the American Educational Research Journal and Volume 13 (198) of the Journal of Learning Disabilities. Only 54 articles listed in the research section of the table of contents in the Journal of Learning Disabilities were included in the survey. Each article was examined to determine four characteristics of the subject-researcher relationship: (1) subjects knowledge; (2) awareness of participation; (3) source of subjects; and (4) consent. A large majority of the subjects, 68.5%, were either elementary (K-9) or high school students. Almost all of these students attended public rather than private schools. The remaining subjects were college students (11.1%), school teachers (5.6%), school teachers and their students (7.4%), and a few that could not easily be categorized (7.4%) such as military trainees and Ph.D. biologists. Results indicated that subjects are seldom provided inaccurate information in educational research but that they may often not be aware that they are research participants. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association (4th, Philadelphia, PA, March 11-14, 1981).