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Ethics in research covers three interrelated topics: (1) identifying and defining ethical principles and analyzing ethical issues entailed in the responsible conduct of research; (2) cultivating ethical behavior, including the capacity for ethical reasoning, to address dilemmas that arise in working with people in social, behavioral, and educational research; and (3) regulating ethical conduct.

Research here is defined—in accordance with the Common Rule of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a U.S. federal policy regarding human subjects protection that applies to 17 federal agencies and offices—as any form of systematic investigation involving human subjects. This includes studies conducted via surveys, questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, case studies, experiments, observational techniques, and ethnographies, as well as research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute ...

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