Pedagogic Research in the UK Higher Education Sector- Are the ethical review processes fit for purpose?’

Students as guinea pigs? Exploring the ethics of pedagogic research

Students as guinea pigs? Exploring the ethics of pedagogic research

The importance of pedagogy in quality enhanced teaching has led to the emergence of pedagogic research as a discipline over the last decade. Much of this activity is driven by practitioners evaluating teaching practice within their own discipline and in their own institution.  This book explores the key qualitative and quantitative research and data collection methods applied to pedagogic research and identifies the ethical issues that arise. Whilst UK Higher Education Institutions  have policies in place for the ethical oversight of research activities undertaken under their auspices, there is variable application and adherence to these policies with respect to pedagogic research.  This book challenges the widely accepted premise that research requires more stringent regulation than other potentially more risky activities in the context of pedagogic research.

For more detailed discussion on these ideas and some suggested processes to facilitate ethical approval of scholarship and pedagogic research, please contact me for a copy of my book or read my blog post

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