A recent ‘informed consent’ scandal

Thanks to Sarah Darley-Nolan for bringing this very interesting BBC radio 4 programme to my notice. I thought it would be good to share it here. Informed consent Facebook has been under fire for running a controversial ’emotion manipulation’ study on 689,003 Facebook users. The experiment, to find out whether emotions were contagious on the Read More …

Ethical musings

I have just got back from a few days at this year’s IATEFL conference in Harrogate. Perhaps I’ll blog about the conference itself sometime, but what I’d like to try and write down now is the essence of what for me was a very interesting series of conversations. They started in the very elegant surroundings Read More …

When Ethics become more than a paper pushing exercise….

After completing my panel in October I have been working through completing the ethics forms for my PhD study. Originally it was seen to have a low risk level. However, from my panel feedback and discussions with colleagues in the department it appears that from the wording on the ethics form my study is actually Read More …

Encryption and data management

There’s been a big move towards getting any hardware (laptops, USBs, hard drives) to get encrypted by IT services regardless if the device is university owned or it’s your own Commodore 64. Is it necessary?  And do we have to?  The short answer is “Yes”. Whether you’re first in line or dragged kicking and screaming, Read More …

The importance of not breaching ethics approval

I am sure that none of us, researchers and supervisors alike, need reminding of the robust Ethics Approval procedures now in place, but the information below provides a salutory reminder: Protocol for handling instances of potential breaches by students of research integrity in the School of education with particular reference to the ethical protocol A.  Background  Ethical protocol can be breached Read More …

Ethnography and Education: Volume 5 Issue 2

Julian has alerted us to the following volume which may be of interest to some: Ethnography and Education: Volume 5 Issue 2  is now available online at informaworld Special Issue: ETHICAL DILEMMAS IN THE FIELD: THE COMPLEX NATURE OF DOING EDUCATION ETHNOGRAPHY Guest introduction; Ethical dilemmas in the field: the complex nature of doing education Read More …

Ethics approval experiences

This is a discussion thread about this increasingly visible and robust part of the doctoral experience, i.e. ethics approval. Being ethical has always been important as a researcher but now the approval process is becoming more evident. So, perhaps it is time to start sharing our ethical approval experiences? To start the ball rolling, here (no longer active) Read More …