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Ethics and Practitioner Research

While BERA guidelines for ethical research do exist, it is acknowledged that the application of the guidelines is not always simple and straightforward. This event was an opportunity to discuss how the spirit and underlying principles of their recommendations can be applied to your own research in an educational setting.

This was also an opportunity to review your own research as part of a deliberative, ongoing and iterative process and to find the right approach for you. We heard from established researchers and everyone present had the opportunity to ask questions or share their ideas with the panel.

Professor Sarah Parsons helped us to understand the best approach to research with SEND students and Dr Elizabeth Hidson shared her interesting experiences of international initial teacher training and the ethical dilemmas that can arise in that context. Dr Lisa-Maria Muller, Head of Research at The Chartered College of Teaching shared her experiences of setting up an ethics panel.

17:30 Introduction
Claire Tyson, Emma Taylor, Joyce I-Hui Chen
17:40 Some ethical challenges of doing participatory ‘voice’ research with children with SEND in schools
Sarah Parsons, University of Southampton
17:50 Q&A
18:00 The ethics of school-based research during international initial teacher training placements
Elizabeth Hidson, University of Sunderland
18:10 Q&A
18:20 Keynote lecture: Ethics in School-Based Research
Dominic Wyse, Institute of Education, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society
18:30 Q&A
18:40 The establishment of our ethics panel at the CCT
Lisa-Maria Müller, Chartered College of Teaching
18:50 Q&A
19:00 Close of event

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Claire Tyson, Dr

Teacher Researcher at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre

Claire Tyson is a teacher researcher based at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre, where she combines teaching science with her research post. Her PhD was obtained by studying part time with Queen Mary, University of London in Clinical...

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Emma Taylor, Dr

LSE Fellow at London School of Economics & Political Science

Emma Taylor has over 12 years of experience teaching Geography to secondary school students in London. Alongside teaching, she has recently undertaken the role of Research Lead at the school in which she currently works. Her research role...

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Joyce Chen, Dr

Further Education Lecturer and Teacher Educator at The College of West Anglia/University Centre West Anglia

Dr Joyce I-Hui Chen has recently been awarded her PhD in Education Studies. She has been working in different educational sectors for more than 20 years in Taiwan and in the United Kingdom (UK), from primary education to higher education. Her...


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Sarah Parsons, Professor

Professor of Autism and Inclusion at University of Southampton

Sarah Parsons is Professor of Autism and Inclusion in Southampton Education School at the University of Southampton, UK. Sarah has longstanding research interests in the educational experiences of autistic children, young people and adults and...

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Elizabeth Hidson, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Sunderland

Dr Elizabeth Hidson’s education career began with teaching computing, then school senior leadership and strategic regional secondments. After 14 years in secondary schools, she moved into higher education. She has been a researcher on a range...

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Dominic Wyse, Professor

Professor of Early Childhood & Primary Education at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

Dominic has made a leading contribution to research on curriculum and pedagogy, including national curricula, for more than 25 years. He has led multiple research projects and has published many books and research papers. Dominic’s main...

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Lisa-Maria Müller, Dr

Head of Research at Chartered College of Teaching

Dr Lisa-Maria Müller is Head of Research at the Chartered College of Teaching where she leads on internal and externally funded research projects. She is lead author of the Education in Times of Crisis reports which explored the potential...