Exploring 100 key questions (and answers) on the nature and practice of qualitative inquiry, this unique book addresses the practical decisions that researchers must make in their work, from the design of the study, through ethics approval, implementation, and writing. The book’s quick-scan, question-and-answer format make it ideal as a supplementary text or as a ready reference for graduate students preparing for comprehensive exams and writing research proposals, undergraduates in affiliated programs who will not be taking a primary course in qualitative research methods, and researchers working across disciplines in academic or practice environments.

What Are the Researcher’s Ethical Responsibilities in Qualitative Practice?

What Are the Researcher’s Ethical Responsibilities in Qualitative Practice?

In studies involving human participants, qualitative researchers’ primary ethical focus is a duty of care toward their research participants. The individuals who participate in studies, whether interviewees, focus group members, or community-based co-investigators, are researchers’ primary concern when it comes to ethical responsibilities. The process of formal ethics review allows a researcher to consider the various ways that participants contribute to, benefit from, or may be harmed by the qualitative research being planned. Issues of privacy, confidentiality, data ownership, co-authorship, consent, representation of findings, and many other issues must be explored and addressed in the design of the study. For example, considering whether participants’ names should be ...

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