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Milestone Moments in Getting your PhD in Qualitative Research by Deirdre Barron, Margaret Zeegers

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Milestone 3

Getting ethics clearance

Abstract

A qualitative researcher within an interpretivist tradition investigating a social world will be working with people participating in their research. This means that ethics clearance is required before any generation of data in relation to these participants is undertaken. We make it clear to others in our research community and in our community of research participants that the research that we are undertaking is moral, honest, not putting anybody in harm's way, physically, emotionally, or psychologically. To have our research acceptable to and accepted by the wider community, we are required to have what we are doing scrutinized and assessed as being in accordance with research ethics principles ...

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