What are the essentials for undergraduates and postgraduates engaged in quantitative and qualitative research? How can the gap between formulating a research question and carrying out research be bridged? This accessible, well-judged text provides students with a matchless introduction to generic research skills. It is uncluttered, direct and unpatronizing. Key features of the book are: - Accessibility - Clarification of key issues and problem solving guidance - Demonstration of the importance of interplay between theory and research - Realism in defining essential research issues and the problems that researchers encounter. `It is not the case that anyone can do social research", most research requires training. Here Malcolm Williams provides such training.. Helpful and often humorous' - Roger Sapsford, University of Teesside"

The Ethics of Social Research

In this chapter:

  • Ethical thinking
  • Doing the right thing
  • Harm
  • Deception
  • Privacy
  • The principle of informed consent
  • Can we act ethically?

In Chapter 1 I discussed the importance of objectivity as a grounding for commitment in social research. Objectivity is a social value in the same way that honesty or kindness is, but it also has the property of bringing us to reliable knowledge that can best serve the moral commitment that led us to do research in the first place.

The values that produce commitment drive our research and the value of objectivity helps us to better research, but it is not the only value existing in the research process itself. The difference between value freedom and the kind of objectivity I have argued for is that the ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles