Research Intelligence issue 136: Ethical issues in educational research
This special issue on research ethics accompanies the publication of the new, fourth edition of BERA’s Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research. In a series of articles it considers how current methodological, technological and social developments affect and inform our notions of ethical conduct for researchers across a diverse range of contexts, and how fundamental and arguably timeless ethical concerns – including avoiding harm, seeking informed and ongoing consent, and treating participants with respect – need to be considered anew by each researcher for each project.
This issue explores:
the revisions to the new edition of the BERA Ethical Guidelines, in a behind-the-scenes account
respectful representation of vulnerable and stereotyped communities
the ethical challenges of practitioner research involving secondary school students
developing strategies that enable the consenting voices of young children to be heard
the ethical challenges attendant on research utilising large-data sets and social media