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ERIC Number: EJ930347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1077-8004
The Tensions between Academic Freedom and Institutional Review Boards
Tierney, William G.; Corwin, Zoe Blumberg
Qualitative Inquiry, v13 n3 p388-398 Apr 2007
Academic freedom and the protection of human research subjects are central tenets of American universities. Academic freedom protects the rights of tenured professors to conduct autonomous research; human subject protection ensures that research causes as minimal a risk as possible to study participants. Although the two principles are mutually exclusive, recent trends in Institutional Review Board jurisdiction have placed the two principles in increasing conflict with one another. This article outlines three ways in which Institutional Review Boards potentially infringe on academic freedom: (a) by regulating who is required to consent to research, (b) by stipulating the type of questions allowed and location of research interactions, and (c) by limiting research design.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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