ERIC Number: ED473155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
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"What We Have Here Is a Failure To Communicate...": Qualitative Research and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).
Lincoln, Yvonna S.; Tierney, William G.
Over the last decade, research and teaching activities have increasingly undergone review by Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). This paper presents seven case reports of research that has been regulated by IRBs, including examples from the contexts of funded projects, student research in dissertations, and qualitative methods research courses. These seven cases illustrate some of the difficulties teachers, researchers, and scholars are having with their IRBs. There seems to be a growing concern with research done within the context of the researcher, and there are increasing examples of difficulties in gaining approval for research with children. A third difficulty is the problem of action research and other forms of community-engaged research, which IRBs seem to have difficulty understanding. Another concern is the reasonable and realistic assessment of risks and benefits. A final concern is that some IRBs are more concerned with protecting the institution than in facilitating research. Implications for qualitative researchers of these trends are outlined. (Contains 15 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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