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Unformatted text preview: Research Methods Basic Concepts Lecture Material by Laurel Tranynowicz Researchers have a responsibility to conduct their investigations and report their findings without harming research participants and without misrepresenting the results • Researchers must be honest and fair as well as be concerned with how their topic and procedures could create physical or psychological harm to participants • Ethical responsibilities include: 1. Scientific responsibility-being responsible to their profession and discipline while yielding knowledge that is worth knowing 2. Ethical issues that arise from their relationships with research participants Studies Involving Research Participants Three ethical principals are considered: 1. Beneficence-well being of participants is protected- Balance between risks and benefits must favor the benefits gained- Risks and benefits to consider include emotional, physical, professional or psychological 2. Respect for persons-researchers should not make choices for capable participants- Treating individuals as capable of making decisions- Protecting those who are not capable of making their own decisions 3. Justice-an issue of fairness...
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This note was uploaded on 01/28/2011 for the course COMM 302 taught by Professor Laureltraynowicz during the Spring '09 term at Boise State.
- Spring '09