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Unit 2: Starting your research

R38: Ethics in qualitative research design and project management

Content: A robust ethical framework is essential to safeguard the welfare of research participants and researcher/s, as well as to guarantee well designed, rigorous studies.  This session, drawing upon examples from previous work, will help to inform the process and conduct of ethical research by highlighting a number of important and integral considerations for research design and project management.  Students will have an opportunity to reflect upon and discuss how these ethical issues may impinge upon the development and implementation of their proposed projects. Issues to be covered that involve ethical consideration include: the development of a research focus or question; the impact of paradigm choice, design and method/s; the value of a pilot study; gatekeeping; sampling and recruitment strategies; anonymity and consent; data collection, health and safety – lone working; representing participants’ views; social and psychological support issues; record keeping.

Key references:

Sque M. Walker W. and Long-Sutehall T. Research with bereaved families: A framework for ethical decision-making Nurs Ethics 0969733014521097, first published on March 10, 2014 as doi:10.1177/0969733014521097. 2014, 21: 8, 946–955.

Sque M. Researching the bereaved: an investigator’s experience. Nursing Ethics, 7: 1, 2000, 23-34.

Facilitator: Dr Wendy Walker, Faculty of Education, Health & Wellbeing

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Vitae RDF descriptors addressed in this session are:

Research governance and organisation (C)
This domain contains the knowledge of the standards, requirements and professional conduct that are needed for the effective management of research.

  • Professional conduct (C1)
  • Research Management (C2)