1st Edition

Implementing Ethics in Educational Ethnography Regulation and Practice

Edited By Hugh Busher, Alison Fox Copyright 2019
    156 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    156 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Providing theoretical grounding, case studies and practical solutions, Implementing Ethics in Educational Ethnography examines how researchers can overcome ethical dilemmas associated with and encountered during ethnographic research. From the initial stages of research design such as consideration from regulatory bodies, through research occurring in the field to project completion and reporting, it explores many of the factors associated with ensuring culturally sensitive and ethical studies.

    The book covers key questions including:

    • What can researchers expect of ethical review boards?
    • Where and with whom should dialogue take place about ethicality within research?
    • What effect does a research focus have on regulation and research practice?
    • What is the effect of context on ethical practices?
    • Does the positionality of a researcher have an effect on ethical practices?
    • How do we ensure that ethicality supports the trustworthiness of research projects?

    Using a range of international case studies, Implementing Ethics in Educational Ethnography provides researchers and students with invaluable details about how to navigate the field, ensuring that they can sustain good ethical practice throughout the life of a research project.

    Chapters 4 and 6 of this book are freely available as downloadable Open Access PDFs at http://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 

    Foreword – Sofia Marques da Silva.

    Chapter 1 – Introduction: Overview of the book, Hugh Busher and Alison Fox.

    Section 1 - Informing compliance with regulation

    Chapter 2 - Phrónēsis and the ethical regulation of ethnographic research, Anna Traianou.

    Chapter 3 - Ethical appraisal boards: Constitutions, functions, tensions and blind-spots,

    Dennis Beach and Begoña Vigo Arrazola.

    Section 2 - Applying Ethics in the field

    Chapter 4 - Ethics and access when consent must come first. Consequences of formalised

    research ethics for ethnographic research in schools, Ingrid Smette.

    Chapter 5 - Ethical research practice in educational institutions: Engaging with vulnerable

    participants, Hugh Busher.

    Section 3 - Ethical dilemmas in the Field

    Chapter 6 - Double Agent: Ethical Considerations in Conducting Ethnography as a Teacher

    Researcher, Hanna M. Nikkanen.

    Chapter 7 - Ethical reflections on critical ethnography, Marianne Dovemark.

    Chapter 8 - Ethical learning from an educational ethnography: the application of an ethical

    framework in doctoral supervision, Alison Fox and Rafael Mitchell

    Chapter 9 - Emergent Issues in Ethnographic Ethics: Futures and Possibilities, Barbara Dennis.


    Hugh Busher is an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Leicester, UK.

    Alison Fox is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies at the Open University, UK.