Researcher tales and research ethics: the spaces in which we find ourselves

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White, Julie and Fitzgerald, Tanya (2010) Researcher tales and research ethics: the spaces in which we find ourselves. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 33 (3). pp. 273-285. ISSN 1743-727X (Print) 1743-7288 (Online)


The tales we tell here focus on the ethical issues arising from our research practice with vulnerable young participants and those for whom research has been inextricably linked with European imperialism and colonialism. The importance of relational obligations, temporality and potential for a continuing narrative approach to ethical research cannot be underestimated, and accordingly we recount our experiences in order to highlight these obligations as well as ethical tensions that we encountered. Importantly, our tales and the underpinning theorization suggest that Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) ‘perform’ their duties and make decisions to a pre-ordained set of prescriptive standards that do not necessarily take into account the agency of vulnerable young people or Indigenous women.

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Special Issue: Ethics and academic freedom in educational research

Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/1743727X.2010.511711
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1399 Other Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 2201 Applied Ethics
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and Lifelong Learning
Keywords ethics, general methodology, narrative
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