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									Exploring Power and
Ethics in Research

 What responsibilities do I have as
          a researcher?


  O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage.
                                Chapter Four                                1
Power, Politics, and Research
   There is growing acceptance of the
    power inherent in creating knowledge

   With this acceptance comes
    acknowledgement of the need for
    ethical and political awareness to be a
    mainstream consideration in the
    research process
     O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage.
                                   Chapter Four                                2
Reality of the Researcher
   The ‘reality’ of researchers including
    their attributes and worldview can
    influence the research process

   Being cognizant of the researcher’s
    ‘reality’ is fundamental to the process


     O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage.
                                   Chapter Four                                3
Attributes and Attitudes
   Gender
   Age
   Ethnicity
   Social status
   Education
   Position of power and privilege in a
    subculture
can all affect the research process
     O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage.
                                   Chapter Four                                4
Power, Privilege, and Self




  O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage.
                                Chapter Four                                5
Navigating Worldviews
   We make sense of the world through
    the rules we are given to interpret it

   For most of us this involves a Western
    Bias



     O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage.
                                   Chapter Four                                6
Western Worldviews




    O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage.
                                  Chapter Four                                7
Seeing the World through
Rose Coloured Glasses
   Researchers need to guard against judging
    the reality of others in relation to their own.
    If they don’t they can be:
       ‘self centric’
       insensitive to race, class, culture, or gender
       hear only the dominant voice
       fall prey to dichotomization and double standards
       disregard the power of language


     O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage.
                                   Chapter Four                                8
Ethical Responsibilities

 Researchers are ethically
 responsible for integrity in the
 production of knowledge, as well as
 the dignity and welfare of the
 researched

  O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage.
                                Chapter Four                                9
The production of knowledge
Integrity in the production of knowledge
  demands that researchers:
   recognise, understand, and balance their
    subjectivities
   accurately report on their research
   act within the law
   develop appropriate expertise and experience

     O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage.
                                   Chapter Four                                10
Responsibility for the researched
Researchers need to:
   show respect for cultural beliefs
   treat respondents in a manner that is just and
    equitable
   get informed consent from all research
    participants
   do no harm through the research process
   protect the confidentiality / anonymity of the
    researched
     O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage.
                                   Chapter Four                                11
Informed Consent
Informed consent implies that participants are:
 competent
 autonomous
 involved voluntarily
 aware of the right to discontinue
 not deceived
 not coerced
 not induced
   O'Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage.
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