An ethics of community and care for practitioner researchers

Gibbs, Paul and Costley, Carol (2006) An ethics of community and care for practitioner researchers. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 29 (2). pp. 239-249. ISSN 1743-727X

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Abstract

The ethical considerations that university students have to be concerned about when undertaking research projects are a matter for a range of publications and committees. This article considers the terms of reference of ethical considerations in students' research projects, given the number of researchers who are now doing research within their own organizations. We argue that as practitioner researchers, they are insiders who have insider knowledge not only of systems but also of people. We raise the issue of whether the ethical considerations practitioner researchers have to reflect upon ensure that, as researchers, they sufficiently take account of their position within the researched community and how an ethics of care could be invoked to safeguard these personal and moral relations to others within a research project. We use the work of research students in the UK and Cyprus being undertaken for a professional doctorate as a case to illustrate these points.

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Research Areas:School of Health and Education
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