Doing the Right Thing: A Practical Guide to Ethics for Undergraduate Researchers
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Moira Maguire, Brid Delahunt and Ann Everitt-Reynolds
This chapter provides practical support and guidance to students around the
ethical dimensions of undergraduate research with human participants. Ethical
considerations are perhaps the most important aspect of any research project involving
human participants, especially as they speak of the rights of individuals and groups
within society. Ethics in research is as much about the process as the final product and
emphasis is put on maintaining integrity throughout the life-cycle of the project.
Although ethical issues can be challenging, novice researchers are expected to conform
to the same principles, standards and norms as more experienced researchers. With this
in mind, the principles that guide ethical decision-making are initially outlined and their
application to each stage of the research process is subsequently discussed. This
discussion is further enhanced through the provision of expert tips and the use of audio
clips from students illustrating how ethical issues can be managed within projects.
Academic integrity, anonymity, confidentiality, data protection,
ethical principles, ethical research, informed consent, internet research, ongoing
consent, online survey, participants, qualitative research, quantitative research,
research process, right of withdrawal, risk of harm, supervision, undergraduate,
undergraduate dissertation, undergraduate research.
Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Studies, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk, Ireland.