Research Ethics and Practitioners: Concerns and Strategies for Novice Researchers Engaged in Graduate Education

Michelle K. McGinn, Sandra L. Bosacki


In recent years, practitioner research has gained prominence in academic literature and in graduate programs. This has led to increased attention to the ethical complexities of research that interconnects with professional practice. Many practitioner-researchers struggle to plan research that simultaneously satisfies their intellectual curiosity, the ethical standards of their professional practice, and their institutional research ethics boards. These struggles are particularly evident for new researchers, including those engaged in graduate study. In this paper, we identify ethical tensions for novice practitioner-researchers enrolled in a graduate research course. The paper is intended to contribute to conversations about teaching research ethics in graduate education.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs040263


research ethics; practitioner research; graduate students; ethical standards; morality

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