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Alicia Deal CJ 771 09-19-06 critical paper #3 Critical Paper #3 There is ongoing controversy within the research community regarding the issue of informed consent and whether open or covert methods are preferable in data collection. Homan (1992) and Herrera (1999) provide two opposing views on the usage of these approaches to obtaining consent from research subjects. Homan (1992) argues that open methods pose ethical dilemmas, whereas Herrera (1999) argues that covert methods pose ethical threats to the research community. Covert methods are used in order for the investigator to conceal his/her identity to the research subjects; henceforth, the subjects are not aware that they are being observed. On the other hand, a study that has employed open methods of research occurs when the researcher “announces” him/herself to the research subjects and has received either verbal or written consent to observe or record their actions or attitudes. Homan (1992) notes that the purpose of obtaining consent in open methods of research is not an ethical concern for the well-being of the subjects, but a desire to continue on to the next step of the
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This note was uploaded on 06/28/2011 for the course CJ 771 taught by Professor Menard during the Fall '07 term at Sam Houston State University.

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