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Ethical Challenges in Visual Educational Research


te Riele, K and Baker, A, Ethical Challenges in Visual Educational Research, Visual Research Methods in Educational Research, Palgrave Macmillan, J Moss and B Pini (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 231-250. ISBN 978-1-349-68602-5 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1057/9781137447357_13


In educational research, and social research more generally, visual methods pose specific ethical dilemmas that require both researchers and institutional ethical committees to creatively and reflexively consider research ethics guidelines and principles. The purpose of this chapter is to highlight how traditional approaches to applying research ethics principles are challenged by visual research approaches. Ethical challenges are inherently ‘grey’ rather than ‘black and white’, so this chapter will not supply solutions. Rather, we hope to make visible ethical challenges that are particularly relevant for visual research. We will use two devices for this:

  1. We organise the chapter around three widely recognised principles for research ethics: benefit and harm, respect for persons and justice. This draws on the expertise of the first author (Kitty).
  2. We discuss specific challenges for visual research in relation to each principle, drawing on two research projects by the second author (Alison).

Principally our research focuses on young people who hold marginalised positions in society, with a particular interest for Kitty in relation to the ethics of such research and human research in general. She has experience as an active member of university human research ethics committees and has published two books on research ethics: one in relation to youth research (Te Riele & Brooks 2013) and the other on education research (Brooks, Te Riele & Maguire 2014).

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:professional ethics, education, fairness, justice
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Applied ethics
Research Field:Professional ethics
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Religion
Objective Field:Religion not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:te Riele, K (Professor Kitty te Riele)
ID Code:113873
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment
Deposited On:2017-01-24
Last Modified:2017-04-04

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