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Ethics and Education Research


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Introduction Ethical theories, principles and guidelines Regulatory contexts Research design Informed consent and reciprocity Identity, power and positionality Data analysis Dissemination Conclusions

About the Author

Rachel Brooks is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Sociology Department at the University of Surrey in the UK and co-editor of Sociological Research Online. She has carried out a wide range of research projects on different aspects of education, with a particular focus on higher education and lifelong learning. Most recently, her research has focussed on: international student mobility; the funding of higher education; and a cross-national comparison of the experiences of university students with parental responsibilities. Rachel also has a strong interest in research methods. She co-authored Researching Young People's Lives (Sage, 2009), and co-edited Negotiating Ethical Dilemmas in Youth Research (Routledge, 2013) with Kitty te Riele. Kitty te Riele is Principal Research Fellow in the Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and Lifelong Learning, at Victoria University in Australia. She researches educational policy and practice for disadvantaged young people, with a particular focus on alternative education initiatives. Her research has involved students, teachers and community members as participants. Kitty has supervised doctoral research students from both Australia and Hong Kong on research projects in primary, secondary and tertiary education. She has taught professional ethics for pre-service teachers and has experience as an active member of faculty and university human research ethics committees. Her most recent book Negotiating Ethical Dilemmas in Youth Research (Routledge, 2013) is co-edited with Rachel Brooks. They have also guest-edited two special issues (for Young and Youth Studies Australia) focused on research ethics. Meg Maguire taught for many years in London schools, including a period as a headteacher. Her research interests include education policy and practice, social justice issues, the life and work of school-teachers, teacher education and the challenges of inner-city schooling. She is Professor of Sociology of Education in the Department of Education and Professional Studies at King's College London, UK. She has extensive experience of supervising research with undergraduate, masters and doctoral students in educational studies and has a long-standing concern with ethics in research. Her most recent book How schools do Policy. Policy enactments in secondary schools (Routledge, 2012) is co-written with Stephen Ball and Annette Braun. She is lead editor for the Journal of Education Policy.


'This book will become an indispensable resource for those engaging in research in educational institutions and with young people. It provides an even-handed discussion of the importance of ethical research while also balancing the needs of researchers and participants. More importantly, it moves well beyond an abstract discussion of ethics, by providing both novice and experienced researchers with invaluable hands-on advice on how to conduct studies that are ethical, responsible, empowering and meaningful. Anybody embarking on educational research or serving on Research Ethics Committees should read this book.'
-- Wolfgang Lehmann
'This book moves well beyond an abstract discussion of ethics, providing both novice and experienced researchers with invaluable hands-on advice on how to conduct studies that are responsible, empowering and meaningful. Anybody embarking on educational research or serving on Research Ethics Committees should read this book.'

-- Wolfgang Lehmann

'Resplendent with concrete examples and insightful guidance, Ethics and Education Research is an invaluable resource for all researchers working educational contexts.'

-- Professor Christine Halse
'This book develops a fresh take on the ethical issues associated with conducting research in education. Guided by 'ethical reflexivity' the authors develop a new contribution to ethics which takes account of the challenges created by changes to legislation, frameworks and the dilemmas of conducting research that sits alongside professional practice.' -- Julianne Moss
'This is what many of us have been waiting for - a book on educational research ethics that engages critically with the whole of the research process, from beginning to end. Not only that, but the scope is genuinely international and contemporary. This is an invaluable addition to the BERA series.' -- Ian Menter

'Ethics and Educational Research is an excellent text for researchers navigating the range of ethical issues and dilemmas that arise at each stage of the research process. By skillfully weaving together theory and practical examples, this book provokes clarity within a complex terrain and enhances reflective practice within the educational research community.'

-- Laura C. Engel
The authors focus on ethics in the entire research process. The book does not only pay attention to the people who participate in scientific
research, the 'subjects'. Other ethical issues such as relevance of the research question, competence of the researchers, and also handling data, are discussed in detail. At the same time the authors have managed to give a clear structure to the book, from which specific topics can be easily retrieved. -- Eveline Wouters & Sil Aarts

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