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.

Informed Consent and Reciprocity

Informed consent and reciprocity

Andrew is doing a PhD on young primary school children’s view about their friendships. Nearly all the parents have consented to their children being interviewed in focus groups. Sean’s mother has not given her consent although Ms Briggs, the class teacher, thinks this is because she lost the form or forgot to return it. Andrew takes a small group off to the library and then sees that Sean is in the group. He is with Mohammed, his best friend. Ms Briggs comes hurrying into the library. ‘Oh there you are Sean’, she says. ‘Stay with Andrew now you are here’. What should Andrew do?

Andrew’s dilemma in the extract above introduces us to a number of important themes ...

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