Ethical Validation: Reframing Research Ethics in Engineering Education Research To Improve Research Quality

TitleEthical Validation: Reframing Research Ethics in Engineering Education Research To Improve Research Quality
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsSochacka, NW, Walther, J, Pawley, AL
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Date Published2018
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10694730
Keywordscollaborative , cooperative , ENGINEERING , ethical , QUALITATIVE , research , SOCIAL
AbstractBackground Prior to undertaking studies involving human subjects, engineering education researchers are required to consider the ethical implications of their work by obtaining approval from an ethical review board. Purpose/Hypothesis Recent research suggests that some unintended consequences of this procedure are that it externalizes and inflexibly formalizes ethical considerations, and limits researchers’ readiness to systematically identify and consider ethical questions that arise while conducting research. Design/Method We used a collaborative inquiry approach to examine such ethically important moments that emerged in two of our interpretive research projects. We drew on Walther, Sochacka, and Kellam's framework for interpretive research quality as the departure point for our shared sense‐making process. Results Our explorations revealed two insights that connect research ethics to research quality in novel ways. First, we found that the quality of our work improved when we critically explored the intersections between our motivations and intentions for investigating particular research topics and broader cultural agendas and assumptions. Second, we found that when we actively sought to do justice to the participants, co‐investigators, and readers of our research, we were afforded with opportunities to increase the quality of our work, in sometimes quite unexpected ways.
NotesSochacka, Nicola W. 1 Walther, Joachim 2 Pawley, Alice L. 2; Affiliation: 1: University of Georgia 2: Purdue University; Source Info: Jul2018, Vol. 107 Issue 3, p362; Subject Term: ENGINEERING education; Subject Term: ENGINEERING students; Subject Term: COOPERATIVE inquiry; Subject Term: RESEARCH ethics; Subject Term: RESEARCH subjects (Persons); Author-Supplied Keyword: collaborative inquiry; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethical validation; Author-Supplied Keyword: qualitative; Author-Supplied Keyword: research ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: social responsibility; Number of Pages: 18p; Document Type: Article; Full Text Word Count: 9724