ERIC Number: ED412241
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research. Comments.
In recent years, many in anthropology have been challenging the positivist paradigm that dominated the field, with its assumption of the researcher as a transparent data gatherer and the notion of data as something to be collected through fieldwork. Questions of qualitative research methodology are also surfacing in education even as the divisions between intellectual disciplines are increasingly becoming blurred. The more one studies the foundations of research inquiry, the more one finds that issues of methodology and the participation of the researcher are complex in the extreme. Qualitative research is often associated with moral implications that cause deep pain, and there are few examples in the literature that help the researcher ensure that the study does no harm. How informed are the participants who indicate informed consent? Who are the real authors of a study? Should children even be the subjects of research? How important are emotions to the research process? All of these questions must be examined in order for qualitative researchers to take the ethical challenges of qualitative research as seriously as they deserve. (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A