Qualitative Evaluation Methods in Ethics Education: A Systematic Review and Analysis of Best Practices

TitleQualitative Evaluation Methods in Ethics Education: A Systematic Review and Analysis of Best Practices
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsWatts, LL, E. Todd, M, Mulhearn, TJ, Medeiros, KE, Mumford, MD, Connelly, S
JournalAccountability in Research: Policies & Quality Assurance
Pagination225 - 242
Date Published2017/07//
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number08989621
KeywordsBest , ethics , QUALITATIVE
AbstractAlthough qualitative research offers some unique advantages over quantitative research, qualitative methods are rarely employed in the evaluation of ethics education programs and are often criticized for a lack of rigor. This systematic review investigated the use of qualitative methods in studies of ethics education. Following a review of the literature in which 24 studies were identified, each study was coded based on 16 best practices characteristics in qualitative research. General thematic analysis and grounded theory were found to be the dominant approaches used. Researchers are effectively executing a number of best practices, such as using direct data sources, structured data collection instruments, non-leading questioning, and expert raters. However, other best practices were rarely present in the courses reviewed, such as collecting data using multiple sources, methods, raters, and timepoints, evaluating reliability, and employing triangulation analyses to assess convergence. Recommendations are presented for improving future qualitative research studies in ethics education.
NotesAccession Number: 121630849; Watts, Logan L. 1; Todd, E. Michelle 1; Mulhearn, Tyler J. 1; Medeiros, Kelsey E. 2; Mumford, Michael D. 1; Connelly, Shane 1; Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA; 2: Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, USA; Issue Info: 2017, Vol. 24 Issue 4, p225; Author-Supplied Keyword: Best practices; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics education; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics instruction; Author-Supplied Keyword: qualitative evaluation methods; Author-Supplied Keyword: qualitative research; Number of Pages: 18p; Illustrations: 3 Charts; Document Type: Article
Short TitleAccountability in Research: Policies & Quality Assurance