ERIC Number: ED193251
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Ethics in Fieldwork Research: A Case Study.
deVoss, Gary G.; And Others
Four ethical problems resulting from a fieldwork study of elementary education student teachers are explored. The problems include: acquiring permission to execute the study; how far to dig into personal lives to extract necessary information; the pitfalls of doing collaborative research; and how much information can be revealed without endangering the participant's positive image. Three purposes that guided the study were: (1) quality assessment of the elementary education student teaching experience from multiple perspectives; (2) measurement of the effects of prerequisite experiences for successful student teaching preparation; and (3) compilation of information about student teachers to be used in longitudinal studies. Most importantly, however, was the exposure of the complexities of the student teaching experience previously found to be resistant to documentation. A major implication is that ethical problems, given the bureaucratic and interpersonal climate in urban institutions, may be unresolvable rather than simply a hindrance to the researchers and participants. (GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th, Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).