1st Edition

Everyday Ethics Reflections on Practice

Edited By Gretchen Rossman, Sharon Rallis Copyright 2012

    Everyday Ethics: Reflections on Practice looks at the moments that demand moral consideration and ethical choice that arise as part of a researcher’s daily practice. Drawing on principles of systematic inquiry as transparent and grounded in conceptual reasoning, it describes research as praxis and the researcher as practitioner. The researcher is a decision-maker for both procedural and ethical matters that attend the conduct of research, especially when the research is focused on human wellbeing. Every decision about data collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation has moral dimensions.

    Morally compelling moments demand a reflexivity (‘research praxis’) – that is, informed action, the back-and-forth between reasoning and action. Methodological wisdom emerges during the cyclical process of inquiry that is doing, thinking about the doing through a moral lens, and doing again. This book invites us to deepen our understanding of everyday ethics, and contributes to the ongoing discourse about research as moral practice, conducted by such reflexive practitioners.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

    Chapter 1. Everyday ethics: reflections on practice Gretchen B. Rossman and Sharon F. Rallis

    Chapter 2. Assumptions, emotions, and interpretations as ethical moments: navigating a small-scale cross-cultural online interviewing study Paul St. John Frisoli

    Chapter 3. Dangerously important moment(s) in reflexive research practices with immigrant youth Ryan Evely Gildersleeve

    Chapter 4. Representing representation Aaron M. Kuntz

    Chapter 5. ‘That is NOT what’s happening at Horizon!’: ethics and misrepresenting knowledge in text Sharon F. Rallis

    Chapter 6. Critical incidents and reflection: turning points that challenge the researcher and create opportunities for knowing Don Halquist and Sandra I. Musanti

    Chapter 7. Pedagogical ethical dilemmas in a responsive evaluation of a leadership program for youth Melissa Freeman and Judith Preissle

    Chapter 8. Subjectivity and reflexivity: locating the self in research on dislocation Jacqueline Mosselson

    Chapter 9. Caring reflexivity Sharon F. Rallis and Gretchen B. Rossman


    Gretchen B. Rossman is Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. She is co-author of Learning in the Field: An Introduction to Qualitative Research (3rd ed., 2012).

    Sharon F. Rallis is the Dwight W. Allen Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and Reform and Director of the Center for Education Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. She is co-author of Learning in the Field: An Introduction to Qualitative Research (3rd ed., 2012).