Everyday Ethics: Reflections on Practice

Jul. 15, 2010

Source: International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Volume 23, Issue 4
(July 2010), pages 379 – 391.

The current article frames the contributions for this issue on everyday ethics - moments that demand moral considerations and ethical choices that researchers encounter.

The authors discuss concerns raised within the research community about the tendency to observe merely obligatory ethical procedures as outlined in Human Subjects Review regulations. The authors argue that these procedural rituals are manifestly insufficient for the moral challenges of ongoing and evolving research with people; the authors call for deeper engagement with the ethical dilemmas and defining moments that arise in the everyday conduct of research.

The authors argue that considerations of ethics should be central to establishing the rigor or trustworthiness of research projects.
Drawing on principles of systematic inquiry as transparent and grounded in conceptual reasoning, the authors describe research as praxis and the researcher as practitioner.

Updated: Feb. 24, 2011