Regulatory Practices and School-based Research: Making Sense of Research Ethics/Review


  • Susan Ann Tilley Brock University
  • Kelly D. Powick-Kumar Niagara College
  • Snežana Ratković Brock University



Research Ethics Boards, school-based research review, teacher research, ethics and qualitative research, research oversight


This article focuses on the ethics/research review practices of a university Research Ethics Board (REB) and a school board Research Review Committee (RRC). Applications to conduct school-based research submitted to the REB and RRC and in-depth, open-ended interviews with REB and RRC members serve as data for the study. In this paper, we highlight the institutional board decisions, especially requests for clarification documented in the applications, giving specific attention to applications proposing qualitative/teacher research. Empirical research focused on the inside workings of REBs and RRCs, which would provide particular kinds of knowledge related to research/ethics review, is recommended. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0902326


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Author Biographies

Susan Ann Tilley, Brock University

Susan TILLEY is an Associate Professor in the Graduate & Undergraduate Department in the Faculty of Education at Brock University, Ontario, Canada where she teaches graduate courses in curriculum theory, contemporary issues in curriculum studies, and qualitative research methodology(s). Her research interests include: curriculum, methodological issues in interpretive research, research ethics, teacher/researcher identity, white identity and white privilege, and antiracist/equity pedagogies.

Kelly D. Powick-Kumar, Niagara College

Kelly POWICK-KUMAR has completed her Master's degree in Education. In her graduate work, she explored white racial identity, whiteness, and the influence of teachers' identities on their pedagogical practices. Her research drew on her experiences living and working internationally. She is currently teaching in the International Department at Niagara College, Ontario, Canada.

Snežana Ratković, Brock University

Snežana RATKOVIĆ is a Serbian teacher who immigrated to Canada from the former Yugoslavia after the civil war in that country. Presently, she works as the Research Officer for the Faculty of Education at Brock University, Ontario, Canada. Snežana holds Bachelor degrees in Science and Education from the University of Osijek, Yugoslavia as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology and a Master's Degree in Education from Brock University. She is a doctoral candidate in Educational Studies and her research interests include: teacher education, teachers' life histories, critical pedagogy, research ethics, immigration, and social justice and equity studies.




How to Cite

Tilley, S. A., Powick-Kumar, K. D., & Ratković, S. (2009). Regulatory Practices and School-based Research: Making Sense of Research Ethics/Review. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 10(2).



FQS Debate: Qualitative Research and Ethics