Consistency of Ethics Review

  • Robert Anthony University of Victoria
Keywords: ethics, action research, ethics review, practice


One would expect the ethical review of research proposals to be rather consistent from case to case—in the same way that one expects the courts to consistently interpret the law. In this contribution, I report on the nightmarish situation where two nearly identical and in fact complementary action research studies to be conducted in parallel were evaluated quite differently. I conclude that someone, possibly the chair of a research ethics board, has to be accountable for the fair and consistent application of research ethics regulations. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs050153


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Author Biography

Robert Anthony, University of Victoria
Robert ANTHONY is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He conducts research and teaches in the area of literacy education and research methodology.
How to Cite
Anthony, R. (2005). Consistency of Ethics Review. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 6(1).
FQS Debate: Qualitative Research and Ethics