Silences of ethical practice: dilemmas for researchers using social media

Henderson, Michael, Johnson, Nicola F. and Auld, Glenn 2013, Silences of ethical practice: dilemmas for researchers using social media, Educational research and evaluation, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 546-560, doi: 10.1080/13803611.2013.805656.

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Title Silences of ethical practice: dilemmas for researchers using social media
Author(s) Henderson, Michael
Johnson, Nicola F.
Auld, GlennORCID iD for Auld, Glenn
Journal name Educational research and evaluation
Volume number 19
Issue number 6
Start page 546
End page 560
Total pages 15
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2013-06-28
ISSN 1744-4187
Keyword(s) research ethics
social media
social networking
Summary Social media, such as social network sites and blogs, are increasingly being used as core or ancillary components of educational research, from recruitment to observation and interaction with researchers. However, this article reveals complex ethical dilemmas surrounding consent, traceability, working with children, and illicit activity that we have faced as education researchers for which there is little specific guidance in the literature. We believe that ethical research committees cannot, and should not, be relied upon as our ethical compass as they also struggle to deal with emerging technologies and their implications. Consequently, we call for researchers to report on the ethical dilemmas in their practice to serve as a guide for those who follow. We also recommend considering research ethics as an ongoing dialogical process in which the researcher, participants, and ethics committee work together in identifying potential problems as well as finding ways forward.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13803611.2013.805656
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio Economic Objective 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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