Dangerous terrains: negotiating ethical dilemmas

Henderson, Robyn (2008) Dangerous terrains: negotiating ethical dilemmas. In: Troubling terrains: tactics for traversing and transforming contemporary educational research. Post Pressed, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 211-222. ISBN 9781921214318

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Applying for ethical clearance and conducting research in ethical ways are part of due process and procedure in educational research. However, research that focuses on the social and cultural dimensions of people’s lives, especially when marginalised groups are involved, may not always run according to plan. Researchers may find that the terrain is much more dangerous than was originally anticipated, even though potential difficulties had been considered in the planning and preparation stages of the research. Indeed, the negotiation of ethical dilemmas is sometimes an ongoing and significant component of the research journey. To exemplify, this chapter presents some of the ethical dilemmas I experienced as I conducted research into the social and discursive construction of itinerant farm workers’ children as literacy learners. It focuses on the aspects of dangerous and troubling terrain that I had to negotiate and discusses the necessity for ongoing and reflexive ethical considerations as researchers traverse and sometimes transform the terrains of contemporary educational research.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright.
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: 08 Dec 2008 01:10
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 03:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethics; educational research; ethical dilemmas; literacy; itinerant farm workers; marginalisation
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4665

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