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.



Sam’s doctorate is about race relations and education. She has just started conducting fieldwork in one school: visiting the school on three separate days, observing three teachers in their classrooms, and writing down snatches of conversation she overheard in the staff room. Based on these experiences, she describes the school as ‘racist’ in her field notes. Sam has the opportunity to present at a national conference next month. She’s excited that she has some interesting data to report on. What might she need to consider as she writes up her perceptions of this school?

The scrutiny of university Research Ethics Committees (RECs) tends to focus on the preparation for and carrying out of data collection: the selection of participants, consent procedures, and the activities ...

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