Opening Pandora's Box: ethical dilemmas in literacy research

Henderson, Robyn ORCID: (2003) Opening Pandora's Box: ethical dilemmas in literacy research. In: Educational Research, Risks and Dilemmas, 29 Nov-3 Dec 2003, Auckland, New Zealand.

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In recognising literacy as a social practice, some educational research has investigated the nexus between school and home or community literacy practices. In doing this, however, researchers sometimes find themselves opening a Pandora's Box, where the expected jewels of wisdom have been replaced by unexpected ethical dilemmas. This paper presents some of the dilemmas experienced by one researcher in interviewing teachers, students and parents from one school site over a two-year period. Whilst some of the ethical dilemmas were to do with confidentiality and the wellbeing of participants, others revealed quite complex issues that needed consideration. In particular, the paper focuses on the issue of researcher responsibility to participants, schools and academic audiences, as well as how to best balance deconstructive and reconstructive notions of critique.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:55
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2018 02:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: interviewing techniques; research ethics; confidentiality
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390104 English and literacy curriculum and pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5001 Applied ethics > 500107 Professional ethics
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390402 Education assessment and evaluation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development

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