This book is a guide to research methods for practitioner research. Written in friendly and accessible language, it includes numerous practical examples based on the authors' own experiences in the field, to support readers.
The authors provide information and guidance on developing research skills such as gathering and analysing information and data, reporting findings and research design. They offer critical perspectives to help users reflect on research approaches and to scrutinise key issues in devising research questions.
This book is for undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers and practitioners in practitioner research development and leadership programmes.
The team of authors are all within the School of Education at the University of Glasgow and have significant experience of working with practitioner researchers in education.
Chapter 4: Getting It Right! Values and the Ethical Dimensions of Practitioner Research
There has been increased concern about the ethical dimensions of social research in recent years. Two factors which have led to this are, first, the increase in the amount of research activity going on, and second, increased attention to public accountability and individual rights.
Ethics is the branch of philosophy that deals with defining what is good (and what is bad) and with distinguishing the right from the wrong. When we do practitioner research – essentially a very complex and dynamic activity – how can we be sure that we are ‘getting it right’ – or how can we be sure that we are avoiding ...