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ERIC Number: ED412256
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 24
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Ethical Dilemmas in Interpretive Research.
Maor, Dorit
Ethical issues are fundamental in the planning and implementation of classroom research. This paper describes issues that arose as the researcher considered the ethical implications of a classroom research project studying teaching and learning issues in a grade 10 science classroom in Australia. Ethical issues were related to the relationships between the classroom teacher and her students, and between the research team and the teacher-researcher. Three principles of utilitarian research ethics that can be applied to a research study were identified by D. Flinders (1992) as informed consent, avoidance of harm, and confidentiality. Reflection on the research resulted in the conclusion that these traditional ethics were not powerful enough to address all of the issues that emerged during this school-based study. The "professional ethics" defined by H. Sockett (1993) as "care, courage, honesty, fairness, and practical wisdom" provided a richer framework for the analysis of the relationships between the teacher and her students and the research team and the teacher-researcher. Care was apparent both in the caring relationship between the teacher and her students and in the caring relationships the research team developed with the teacher. The research team also displayed, at varying levels, the virtues of fairness, honesty, and practical wisdom. In addition, the teacher displayed these virtues in her interactions with students and the research team. (Contains 10 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia