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Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct and Review of Action Research

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❶Seeks to actively involve members of the community as co-researchers. Professional code of conduct will require adherence to ethical guidelines and principles.

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In summary I can assure the committee that Action Research is widespread, has a variety of methodological rigour and a sound basis in scientific philosophy. AR and similar unconventional research approaches are well established responding to the increasingly complex world and problems we face.

The will pose challenges to all academic disciplines and administrative structures because they are invariably cross or inter-disciplinary. Dick, Bob 'Action Research frequently asked questions.

Electronic discussion list 'arlist', Southern Cross University. Swepson, Pam 'Action Research: Understanding it's philosophy can improve your practice. Electronic discussion list 'arlist'.

Skip to main content. Introduction and Background to Action Research Action Research AR is a research paradigm which is being adopted by a range of multi-disciplinary and social science researchers. The AR Process and Research Context Action Research enables researchers to develop knowledge and practice at the same time in a repeating and cyclical process. It is also important to recognise that particular research situations and conditions attract an action research approach, including: The need for flexibility, often because the problem is unclear.

The need to include people - especially the practitioners and affected parties or not to exclude them in the research situation. The need to bring about change from the research activity. The fluidity of the research context meaning that precise research questions are impossible to formulate - as are structured research instruments.

Action Research and Human Research Ethics Committees The following points are a sample that research ethics committees should consider: Action researchers start with ill-defined problems which become clearer in each research cycle. It is likely that an ethics committee may have to consider projects that described much about the research context and potential co-researchers but not much about specific data collection methods or theoretical frameworks.

The research situation may be described as 'fuzzy', ill-defined and complex. Exploratory may also be a term used. Action researchers don't attempt to distance themselves from their research objects - in fact the often embrace interaction potential variables including people in the research context. Although it is not commonly seen in physical and natural science research this it is soundly based in scientific philosophies such as induction and the subjective approach - both of which are concerned with internal validity.

Active interaction with the problem situation and an immersion in the data are often practised. Action Research involves clients - often called 'co-researchers'. The purpose is both as a source of discovering local knowledge as well as in promoting change and improvement of the problem situation.

Qualitative data and the local relevance of research outcomes are paramount. It is less likely for action researchers to be interested in generalising their findings, although development of methodology is often an important outcome which may be transferable to new situations. Action researchers maintain that 'the community' should be just as able to decide what is researched as the scientific community.

They maintain that 'real world problems' which are more complex and always involve people. Such research questions usually reveal indiscrete variables which can only be approached by general questions ie unstructured which reveal local knowledge leading to understanding and local action. Recommendations and Conclusion The Human Research Ethics Committee should examine its ability to evaluate and approve research that: Please log in to add your comment.

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Comments 0 Please log in to add your comment. Researcher should provide information about: Problems with codes of ethical conduct Codes of ethical or professional conduct are only ever relatively finished products Small, Codes are Not Enough, The principles listed in such codes are not always: Individual researchers must therefore make choices weigh up competing ethical and other methodological considerations produce ethically and methodologically defensible position.

Press Relationship of researcher to participants Prior relationship 3. Always be aware that individuals have a right to access information organisations may be keeping on them. Ethical Guidelines Personal integrity is crucial - and acknowledge possible bias or influence in findings.

Both would argue they were being academically rigorous and ethically sensitive. Recorded personal data will be destroyed as soon as appropriate. Ethical Guidelines A way of finding things out Finding out how to do things better Finding out why we do things the way we do Gaining an understanding of how things work or happen Challenging our assumptions What is research?

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Action Research (AR) is a research paradigm which is being adopted by a range of multi-disciplinary and social science researchers. Although the term 'action research' was first used by Kurt Lewin (the famous social psychologist who coined the term 'group dynamics') over 50 years ago.

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action research. Once these three models are briefly explained, the paper proceeds to justify why ethical dilemmas are an intrinsic part of action research, precisely.

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A Guide to Ethical Issues and Action Research [1] JANE ZENI University of Missouri–St Louis, USA ABSTRACT Traditional ‘human subjects’ reviews may not address the ethical As teacher educators, we began to see that a “new paradigm code of ethics”. What is Ethics in Research & Why is it Important? What is Ethics in Research & Why is it Important? Databases; ethics and law are not the same. An action may be legal but unethical or illegal but ethical. We can also use ethical concepts and principles to .

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whether participants would have right to see/amend transcripts, comment on provisional data analyses etc. achievable e.g. fully informed consent; avoidance of harm compatible e.g. pursuit of knowledge versus fully informed consent / avoidance of deception. Table of Contents 1 Foreword 2 Introduction 3 Action Research as Professional Development 6 Questions of Ethics in Action Research 9 Developing a Research Question