2.9. Ethical guidelines for educational research in a changing world

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Seminar on the 3rd May 2023

Ethical guidelines for educational research in a changing world

Drawing on her experience in the recent BERA guidelines review, Dr Alison Fox explores how changes in the world affect ethical guidance in educational research.

In 2021/2022 Dr Alison Fox brought together a diverse group of colleagues to reflect on the question What is changing in the world which should affect our ethical guidance for educational research? as a mechanism for reviewing the 2018, 4th edition, of the British Educational Research Association ethical guidelines for educational research. This session will highlight the key issues considered topical by the group which are now being used to guide the development of a 2024 edition of the BERA guidance. This will be a space to reflect on how these issues are affecting your research and practice, as well as thinking about the how to keep ethical guidance responsive to contemporary times and the unknown challenges for enquiring educators into the future.

Download Dr Fox’s presentation slides.

Dr Alison Fox moved into educational research after starting off as an environmental scientist and then secondary and further education science teacher. Since her Masters in Education in 2000 she has been supporting other researchers through Masters and Doctoral study alongside educational research into professional learning and research ethics. She is currently Associate Head of School for Research and Knowledge Exchange in the School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport and Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee at The Open University and holds a number of roles with BERA (on Council, on the Publications Committee, as a member of the blog editorial team and for 9 years as a special interest group convenor).


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