The voice as subject or object

Salton, Yvonne (2014) The voice as subject or object. In: Echoes: ethics and issues of voice in education research. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, Netherlands, pp. 53-65. ISBN 978-94-6209-789-5


Ethical clearance relies on the researcher taking into account impacts on participants involved in research. Inherent in this understanding are the ethical and moral expectations to prevent harm. This chapter considers one perspective of preventing harm by considering how the research positions the participant. The different ways a participant is positioned in research allow for perspectives around voice to be examined. In research the participant can be observed or interviewed in order to understand a phenomenon, which then positions the participant as the object of knowledge, where the voice may not be heard. Alternatively the participant through reflective engagement becomes the subjective participant where the voice is the primary consideration of data collection and analysis. The differing view of the participant as either object or subject in the research needs to be pondered upon. As a researcher, the way the participant is positioned enables ethical decisions regarding the use and collection of data. This chapter outlines the current ideas around the positioning of participants' voice, in order for researchers to examine the ethics of their own practice.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - No Department (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - No Department (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2014 23:49
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 03:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: researcher; epistemology; knowledge acquisition
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170203 Knowledge Representation and Machine Learning
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology

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