Ethics as Social Practice: Introducing the Debate on Qualitative Research and Ethics


  • Wolff-Michael Roth University of Victoria



cethics, researchers, participants, power, control


Ethical issues have become increasingly important in research involving human beings. It is fitting, therefore, that FQS devotes a debate focusing on issues that are concerned with the many layers of decision making when it comes to ethics in qualitative research. In this contribution, I use a personal context to formally introduce the ethics debate in general and the contributions to this issue in particular. I extend an invitation to readers to contribute to this debate of ethical issues in qualitative research. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs050195


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Author Biography

Wolff-Michael Roth, University of Victoria

Wolff-Michael ROTH ( is Lansdowne Professor of applied cognitive science at the University of Victoria. His interdisciplinary research agenda includes studies in science and mathematics education, general education, applied cognitive science, sociology of science, and linguistics (pragmatics). His recent publications include Toward an Anthropology of Graphing (Kluwer, 2003), Rethinking Scientific Literacy (with Angela BARTON CALABRESE, Routledge, 2004), and Establishing Scientific Classroom Discourse Communities (co-edited with Randy YERRICK, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004).



How to Cite

Roth, W.-M. (2005). Ethics as Social Practice: Introducing the Debate on Qualitative Research and Ethics. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(1).



FQS Debate: Qualitative Research and Ethics

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