ERIC Number: EJ1058097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 76
Exploring Ethical Issues Associated with Using Online Surveys in Educational Research
Roberts, Lynne D.; Allen, Peter J.
Educational Research and Evaluation, v21 n2 p95-108 2015
Online surveys are increasingly used in educational research, yet little attention has focused on ethical issues associated with their use in educational settings. Here, we draw on the broader literature to discuss 5 key ethical issues in the context of educational survey research: dual teacher/researcher roles; informed consent; use of incentives; privacy, anonymity, and confidentiality; and data quality. We illustrate methods of addressing these issues with our experiences conducing online surveys in educational contexts. Moving beyond the procedural ethics approach commonly adopted in quantitative educational research, we recommend adopting a situated/process ethics approach to identify and respond to ethical issues that may arise during the conduct, analysis, and reporting of online survey research. The benefits of online surveying in comparison to traditional survey methods are highlighted, including the potential for online surveys to provide ethically defensible methods of conducting research that would not be feasible in offline education research settings.
Descriptors: Ethics, Online Surveys, Educational Research, Research Methodology, Research Problems, Role Conflict, Teacher Role, Statistical Analysis, Higher Education, Teacher Researchers, Informed Consent, Incentives, Privacy, Confidentiality, Data, Statistical Bias, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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