You are here

Ethics and Education Research

Ethics and Education Research

October 2014 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Part of the popular BERA/SAGE Research Methods in Education series, this is the first book to specifically focus on the ethics of Education research. Drawn from the authors’ experiences in the UK, Australia and mainland Europe and with contributions from across the globe, this clear and accessible book includes a wide range of examples

The authors show how to:

  • identify ethical issues which may arise with any research project
  • gain informed consent
  • provide information in the right way to participants
  • present and disseminate findings in line with ethical guidelines

All researchers, irrespective of whether they are postgraduate students, practising teachers or seasoned academics, will find this book extremely valuable for its rigorous and critical discussion of theory and its strong practical focus.

Rachel Brooks is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Sociology Department at the University of Surrey, UK.

Kitty te Riele is Principal Research Fellow in the Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and Lifelong Learning, at Victoria University in Australia.

Meg Maguire is Professor of Sociology of Education at King’s College London.

Ethical theories, principles and guidelines
Regulatory contexts
Research design
Informed consent and reciprocity
Identity, power and positionality
Data analysis

Ethics in education research is often contentious, particularly as there are power dynamics that need to be carefully navigated. This text presents a very clear overview of unique ethical considerations within the field of education. Helpfully, the text considers the roles that ethics can play within the structure of research design, particularly with consideration to research questions and methods. There are a number of helpful examples to support critical thinking for students who are newly embarking on research projects.

Ms Lorraine Loveland-Armour
Department of Education, Newman University
March 12, 2017

This is a well written text focusing on ethics and educational research. It encourages readers to think critically in relation to the implications of ethics in educational research. It is a particularly useful text in the context of contemporary research, as it considers some issues relating to online research, which generally is absent from similar books.

Mrs Criona Madeline Blackburne
Early years Department, Portobello Institute
October 3, 2015

It is really good to finally have a text that is devoted to the use of ethics in educational research. This will be useful for both university-based researchers and for school-based researchers. With the growth of teachers carrying out research in schools e.g. via 'researchEd' there is a need for a guide such as this.

Dr Sue Howarth
Institute of Education, Worcester University
March 23, 2016

This book provides a great overview of the ethical dilemmas that are often faced by students new to research. A great asset to any research student's book shelf.

Mrs Anita McGowan
Human Resources Management/Development, Croydon College
December 2, 2015

Excellent, easy to follow and to the point

Mrs Heather Christine Turner
Health , Chester University
January 17, 2016

Ethics and its associated concerns are supported and diminished by using this book. A valuable tool particularly for dissertation level students.

Mrs Jacqueline Ann Taylor
Department of Early Childhood and Education, Newman University
October 12, 2015

excellent and informative book

Miss Louise Stafford
Early Years Department, Solihull College
June 6, 2016

Great book, well written for students to understand ethics

Miss Louise Stafford
Early Years Department, Solihull College
September 30, 2015

Ethical issues are an increasingly complex aspect of undertaking research. Similarly reading research studies requires a detailed insight into the complexity of ethical considerations.
This book provides valuable advice and insight into this topic for students undertaking a range of research studies or analyzing research.

Mrs Sheila Reading
Faculty of Health Sciences, Southampton University
June 25, 2015

this is a fantastic and detailed book that covers in full detail the ethical issues BA and MA students of education should be aware of

Dr Michalis Kontopodis
School of Education, Roehampton University
August 27, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Free chapter - Regulatory contexts

For instructors

Select a Purchasing Option

Rent or Buy eBook
ISBN: 9781473908598

ISBN: 9781446274873

ISBN: 9781446274880

This title is also available on SAGE Knowledge, the ultimate social sciences online library. If your library doesn’t have access, ask your librarian to start a trial.

This title is also available on SAGE Research Methods, the ultimate digital methods library. If your library doesn’t have access, ask your librarian to start a trial.