Part of the popular BERA/SAGE Research Methods in Education series, this is the first book to specifically focus on the ethics of Education research. Drawn from the authors’ experiences in the UK, Australia and mainland Europe and with contributions from across the globe, this clear and accessible book includes a wide range of examples The authors show how to: identify ethical issues which may arise with any research project gain informed consent provide information in the right way to participants present and disseminate findings in line with ethical guidelines All researchers, irrespective of whether they are postgraduate students, practising teachers or seasoned academics, will find this book extremely valuable for its rigorous and critical discussion of theory and its strong practical focus. Rachel Brooks is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Sociology Department at the University of Surrey, UK. Kitty te Riele is Principal Research Fellow in the Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and Lifelong Learning, at Victoria University in Australia. Meg Maguire is Professor of Sociology of Education at King’s College London.

Research Design

Research design

Sara is a student on a pre-service teacher education course. She has to do a small-scale study in the school where she is teaching as part of the course requirements. She wants to use visual methods to explore students’ views about sexuality. However, her mentor, Mrs Armstrong, an experienced teacher in the school, tells her that she would be ‘sensible’ to do research into a less ethically sensitive area. Mrs Armstrong then suggests a completely different area – one more directly related to the school curriculum. What, if anything, can Sara do?

In the case study above, the ethical issues facing Sara, as a relatively inexperienced researcher, are similar to those that are encountered by many education researchers – even those who ...

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