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ERIC Number: EJ807818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0830-0445
Research Experience and Agreement with Selected Ethics Principles from Canada's "Tri-Council Policy Statement--Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans"
Fahy, Pat; Spencer, Bob
Journal of Distance Education, v19 n2 p28-58 2004
An online survey was conducted of students, instructors, and researchers in distance education regarding principles for the ethical treatment of human research subjects. The study used an online questionnaire based on principles drawn from Canada's "Tri-Council Policy Statement, Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans" (TCPS, 2003), which the authors had sometimes found problematic in their own distance education practice (as researchers, in their work with graduate students, and as Research Ethics Board [REB] members). Overall, findings showed that respondents tended to agree with the principles presented, whether consistent or not with the TCPS; however, those with more research experience showed a tendency to agree more with questionnaire items that were consistent with the TCPS, and less with those items not consistent with the Policy, a pattern that was more pronounced in a group of 25 published researchers invited to participate. Conclusions were that research experience was associated with greater agreement with the TCPS's principles, with ethics issues, and with REB experience; that by their own admission many participants were not well acquainted with the TCPS; and that efforts to address the reservations of distance education researchers about ethics review should include the involvement of experienced researchers, as this group probably best represents the ethical norms and practices of the field. (Contains 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada