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Ethics and Education Research

Ethics and Education Research

September 2014 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Part of the popular BERA/SAGE Research Methods in Education series, this is the first book to specifically focus on the ethics of Education research. Drawn from the authors’ experiences in the UK, Australia and mainland Europe and with contributions from across the globe, this clear and accessible book includes a wide range of examples

The authors show how to:

  • identify ethical issues which may arise with any research project
  • gain informed consent
  • provide information in the right way to participants
  • present and disseminate findings in line with ethical guidelines

All researchers, irrespective of whether they are postgraduate students, practising teachers or seasoned academics, will find this book extremely valuable for its rigorous and critical discussion of theory and its strong practical focus.

Rachel Brooks is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Sociology Department at the University of Surrey, UK.

Kitty te Riele is Principal Research Fellow in the Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and Lifelong Learning, at Victoria University in Australia.

Meg Maguire is Professor of Sociology of Education at King’s College London.

Ethical theories, principles and guidelines
Regulatory contexts
Research design
Informed consent and reciprocity
Identity, power and positionality
Data analysis

'This book will become an indispensable resource for those engaging in research in educational institutions and with young people. It provides an even-handed discussion of the importance of ethical research while also balancing the needs of researchers and participants. More importantly, it moves well beyond an abstract discussion of ethics, by providing both novice and experienced researchers with invaluable hands-on advice on how to conduct studies that are ethical, responsible, empowering and meaningful. Anybody embarking on educational research or serving on Research Ethics Committees should read this book.'

Wolfgang Lehmann
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Chair, Department of Sociology, Western University, Canada

‘This book moves well beyond an abstract discussion of ethics, providing both novice and experienced researchers with invaluable hands-on advice on how to conduct studies that are responsible, empowering and meaningful. Anybody embarking on educational research or serving on Research Ethics Committees should read this book.’


Wolfgang Lehmann
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Chair, Department of Sociology, Western University, Canada

'Resplendent with concrete examples and insightful guidance, Ethics and Education Research is an invaluable resource for all researchers working educational contexts.’

Professor Christine Halse
Chair of Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

'This book develops a fresh take on the ethical issues associated with conducting research in education. Guided by ‘ethical reflexivity’ the authors develop a new contribution to ethics which takes account of the challenges created by changes to legislation, frameworks and the dilemmas of conducting research that sits alongside professional practice.'

Julianne Moss
Associate Professor in Education Studies, Deakin University, Melbourne Australia and President, Australian Association for Research in Education 2014

'This is what many of us have been waiting for - a book on educational research ethics that engages critically with the whole of the research process, from beginning to end.  Not only that, but the scope is genuinely international and contemporary.  This is an invaluable addition to the BERA series.'

Ian Menter
Professor of Teacher Education, University of Oxford and President of BERA 2013-15

'Ethics and Educational Research is an excellent text for researchers navigating the range of ethical issues and dilemmas that arise at each stage of the research process. By skillfully weaving together theory and practical examples, this book provokes clarity within a complex terrain and enhances reflective practice within the educational research community.'

Laura C. Engel
Assistant Professor of International Education and International Affairs, The George Washington University

The authors focus on ethics in the entire research process. The book does not only pay attention to the people who participate in scientific
research, the 'subjects'. Other ethical issues such as relevance of the research question, competence of the researchers, and also handling data, are discussed in detail. At the same time the authors have managed to give a clear structure to the book, from which specific topics can be easily retrieved.

Eveline Wouters & Sil Aarts

An essential text to update assumptions and understanding around ethics in educational research

Dr Judith Enriquez-Gibson
Education, Liverpool John Moores University
November 27, 2019

Useful book for those undertaking education research, only not adopted as the students who were thinking of studying education/learning as a dissertation did not do so. As a teacher I will look at using it to help develop my own research ideas.

Mrs Susan Schofield
Equine, Myerscough College
July 4, 2019

Ethics in education research is often contentious, particularly as there are power dynamics that need to be carefully navigated. This text presents a very clear overview of unique ethical considerations within the field of education. Helpfully, the text considers the roles that ethics can play within the structure of research design, particularly with consideration to research questions and methods. There are a number of helpful examples to support critical thinking for students who are newly embarking on research projects.

Ms Lorraine Loveland-Armour
Department of Education, Newman University
March 12, 2017

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