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2004 Research Seminar Program

WAIER invites you to an afternoon seminar to be
held at The University of Western Australia

The ethics of educational research

Felicity Haynes

Monday 20 September, 4.30 to 6.00pm

Conference Room 2.34, Education, cnr Hampden Road and Stirling Highway,
The University of Western Australia, Nedlands.
Cost: WAIER members: free; Non-members: gold coin donation towards refreshments.
Visitors Car Park off Gordon Street

What is the point of having university Ethics Committees scrutinise every proposal for postgraduate research? Do they protect participants from unethical practices? Or is this a form of control that is itself unethical?

This session will begin by examining some controversial decisions of an Ethics Committee in relation to educational research with a view to opening up discussion about what counts as ethical research practice and how research practices in education in particular can best be monitored. This can be as specific as not allowing phone interviews because they are too intrusive, or as broad as not naming the participants as students at educational risk. Examples of problematic issues are invited from the audience for discussion.

The model of ethics which will be used as a basis for discussion will be the triadic model of consistency, consequences and care, used by Felicity in her book The Ethical School, which has been translated into Turkish and Spanish.

Dr Felicity Haynes is a senior lecturer in the School of Education at The University of Western Australia. She has been teaching and publishing in social and policy issues, ethics, epistemology, curriculum development and critical thinking, gender issues and is currently supervising over twenty-five postgraduate students. She led the formation of an Association for Philosophy in Schools in WA in 1987 and is deeply committed to reflective practice in education, to the development of open, practical and rational judgements in an ethical community of inquiry.

RSVP and for further details contact Eve Ruddock ruddock@iinet.net.au ph 9446 4030

Light refreshments will be served from 4 pm onwards and there will be opportunities for discussion and interaction.


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