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.

Identity, Power and Positionality

Identity, Power and Positionality

Identity, power and positionality

Jane, a white, mid-aged academic researcher, was conducting research in a diverse metropolitan secondary school. She saw Tunde, a young Black African male student, coming along the corridor. He was a student with whom she found it hard to establish a relationship, although she wanted to recruit him for her work. She greeted him and said how she liked his new hairstyle – cornrows. He replied, ‘You are just saying that ’cos you want me to be in your project’ as he walked past. How should Jane respond?

In this chapter, we explore some of the issues involved in negotiating ethics in practice. As we have already signalled in this book, we see ethics as a participatory process ...

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