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ERIC Number: EJ908179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1175-9232
Ethical Principles in Practice: Evidence from Participatory Action Research
Smith, Liz
Kairaranga, v9 spec iss p16-21 2008
A significant challenge for all participants in the autism spectrum disorder participatory action research (ASD PAR) project, including the Ministry of Education, the local project teams (LPT) and mentors, was the lack of availability of a single ethics approval process for the project in its entirety and, in particular, one that could accommodate the iterative, dynamic and participant-led action research process. To address this gap, participants in the ASD PAR project adopted both individual and shared responsibility for ethical reasoning. As with ethics in general, there was no one right answer that could be routinely applied to ethical dilemmas. A guiding framework of ethical principles proved useful for participants. Central to the success of the ASD PAR project was participants' ability to self-reflect, question and share resolutions. In essence, refections on ethical dilemmas as they arose were an interwoven strand through the life cycles of the ASD PAR project. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand