ERG SES B, Interactive Roundtable: Research Ethics in Culturally Diverse Contexts
ERC Interactive Roundtable
There is wide consensus in the educational research community that research needs to be as unbiased as possible, that conflicting interests need to be transparent and that it needs to protect the researched both as individuals and as representatives of the social group that the research focusses on. There are fairly different approaches, though, as to how this goal can be reached. These approaches are rooted in disciplinary and national traditions, as well as in research cultures that follow different rationales. On the one hand there is the U.S. tradition that has reached a high level of institutionalization and formalization by providing a rigid legal framework that research institutions need to implement if they want to apply for federal grants and avoid potentially costly liability cases. The resulting Institutional Review Board (IRB) procedures apply the rigidity of mechanisms appropriate in sensitive areas such as medical research to the social sciences. There are other traditions, however, that allow for much more regional, local or even individual variation. An example of this is Germany, where legislation on education is in the hands of the 16 several federal states and where each state has its own regulations as to how research access to its educational institutions is granted or denied.
The two moderators share an immense interest in empirical research in pedagogical institutions. Over the last decade, they have collaborated on classroom- and participant- research projects on issues such as co-operative learning, literature in the foreign language classroom and teacher professionalism. They have also published alone and together on reconstructive educational research, particularly on the documentary method. Their long standing interest in research ethics has been intensified by Andreas’ recent 6-months-stay at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he carried out two interview studies with American teachers and German exchange students and therefore got first-hand-experience of the differences between the German and the American research-ethics-procedures and its respective potentials and challenges. Drawing on this experience, Andreas and Elisabeth will provide a short input, sketching the range of research-ethical practices and then provide ample opportunity to discuss questions, such as: How do procedures in my area of educational research or my country compare to practices in other fields and countries? What principles could be identified as a common core of research ethics in educational research? What are my beliefs about research ethics, and how can I strike an ethically sound balance between high outcome and high protection of research subjects?
00. Central Events (Keynotes, EERA-Panel, EERJ Round Table, Invited Sessions)
Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
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