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ERIC Number: EJ811232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
Children's Lost Voices: Ethical Issues in Relation to Undertaking Collaborative, Practice-Based Projects Involving Schools and the Wider Community
Jones, Marion; Stanley, Grant
Educational Action Research, v16 n1 p31-41 Mar 2008
The growing emphasis on teachers as "reflective" and "expert practitioners" has led to a noticeable increase in action research involving a wide range of educational practitioners as well as professionals from the academic community. In the light of the complex demands frequently faced by action researchers, this article examines the ethical considerations involved in conducting a collaborative action research project which is concerned with children's experiences of transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3. By exploring a range of theoretical and practical perspectives the discussion focuses on the problematic issue of "informed consent". The article argues that, as a result of having to comply with the regulations imposed by institutional ethics committees, educational researchers, particularly when working with children, are often restricted in exercising the moral autonomy and professional discretion required to negotiate the complex, potentially conflicting imperatives confronting them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child