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Ethical concerns

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What are Research Ethics?


(Saunders et. al) Ethics refers to the appropriateness of your behaviour in relation to the rights of those who become the subject of your work, or are affected by it

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Ethical issues can arise


in the research process generally during the design and initial access stages during data collection in the analysis and reporting stages

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The research process generally (1)


Privacy of possible participants must be voluntary no deception should be involved and consent should be informed consent

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The research process generally (2)


maintenance of confidentiality reactions to the way in which data is collected effects on participants behaviour and objectivity of researchers

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Ethical issues during design and initial access


There should be no pressure to participate Strictest confidence to be applied to all data obtained For informed consent the purpose and the nature of the results need to be fully explained

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during the data collection phase (1)


Right not to take part Data to be recorded accurately and fully Confidentiality to be respected Use of the internet full of dangers (best to avoid)

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during the data collection phase (2)


In qualitatively-based work, greater attention needs to be paid to ethical principles

covert approaches hardly ever justified (at undergraduate level)

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during analysis process


Do not inadvertently reveal participants identities (job functions will suffice) personal data should not be collected (so as not fall foul of data Protection legislation)
http://www.tekxam.com/StudyGuide/concepts/Ethics-and-Legal/TekXam_Legal_and_Ethical_Study_Guide.html

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What do I need to do?


consider ethical consequences write it up in a methodology section have it agreed by your FYP supervisor include it in your Interim Report

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