The questions of ethics in collaborative research

Henderson, Robyn and Midgley, Warren (2010) The questions of ethics in collaborative research. In: Sustaining synergies: collaborative research and researching collaboration. Post Pressed, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 104-113. ISBN 978-1-921214-74-5

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Abstract

In Australian universities, research involving human participants must gain clearance from the institution’s ethics committee or review board before data collection begins. The granting of ethics approval suggests that the planned research activities are ethical and that they will be conducted in an ethical manner. However, the operations of ethics committees tend to be based on the assumption that the research participants will be strangers to the researchers. Whilst ethics guidelines generally focus on procedural and situational issues, they do not usually address the important issue of relational ethics (Ellis, 2007). This dimension of ethics becomes crucially important in research projects that are conducted in teams. What ethical principles might apply to researchers collaborating on a research project, not only in terms of relationships with the participants, but in terms of relationships amongst the researchers themselves? Reflecting on the authors’ experiences of team research and the types of questions that presented, this chapter investigates the importance of relational ethics as it applies to collaborative research in education.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Chapter 8. Accepted version deposited with blanket permission of publisher. Print copy held USQ Library 001.4 Sus.
Depositing User: Dr Robyn Henderson
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2011 02:48
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethics; collaborative research; relational ethics
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190302 Professional Writing
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/9242

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