Conflict and Convergence: The Ethics Review of Action Research

TitleConflict and Convergence: The Ethics Review of Action Research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsOwen, M
JournalJournal of Research Administration
Volume35
Issue2
Pagination21-30
Date Published2004
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15391590
KeywordsBEHAVIORAL , PROFESSIONALISM , research , Review , RISK , SOCIOLOGY
AbstractInstitutional Review Boards (IRBs) in Canada, Europe and the United States are increasingly dealing with research studies emerging from the social and behavioural sciences and the humanities. As a result, researchers from these disciplines have worried that IRBs are not sensitive to their needs and impose a biomedical model on the ethical review of their research. In the fields of educational and professional research, "action research" methodologies are often employed and there is often dissonance between the IRB assessment of the potential risks and harms and those identified by the researchers. This article identifies a number of these issues and illustrates by way of case examples how one university IRB interacted with action researchers to ensure that the IRB process did not impede the research while assuring itself that the issues of potential risks and harms were effectively addressed. 
NotesOwen, Michael 1; Affiliations: 1: Brock University; Issue Info: 2004, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p21; Thesaurus Term: RESEARCH; Thesaurus Term: RISK management in business; Thesaurus Term: REVIEW committees; Subject Term: PROFESSIONALISM; Subject Term: BEHAVIORAL assessment; Subject Term: SOCIOLOGY -- Methodology; Number of Pages: 10p; Document Type: Article

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