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Ethical Practice in Out-of-School Learning

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jill ClarkORCiD, Karen Laing



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Ethics work in research is often conceived of as a process of research governance. The case study chapters, however, provide evidence of a much more sophisticated engagement with ethical dilemmas arising in research and an enactment of ‘everyday ethics’, in other words, a concern with our relationships with, and responsibilities to, other people (Banks, 2016). This emphasis on relationality can often lead to what Cook (2009) describes as ‘mess’ in research, which needs to be made sense of. This is in contrast to the notion of ‘well-ordered’ research, which underpins many of the ethical frameworks, principles and guidelines that are produced for research. The chapters also indicate the opening up of new spaces for research that raise new challenges in respect of ethical practice, including, for example, digital spaces (Case Study 4 – Minecraft Club). Case Study 8 – Democratic Engagement also demonstrates that both researchers and participants in the research process find ways in which to challenge conformity and research norms in order to access knowledge, and this is not always a harmonious process. The following sections try to make sense of the implications of these issues for the ethical practice of research. This chapter pulls together three key themes emerging from the case studies of research governance, ethical relationality and ethical spaces, presenting an analytical overview of all three areas using the concept of ‘willful subjects’

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Author(s): Clark J, Haines Lyon C, Jay T, Laing K

Editor(s): Jo Rose, Tim Jay, Janet Goodall, Laura Mazzoli Smith and Liz Todd

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Repositioning Out-of-School Learning: Methodological Challenges and Possibilities for Researching Learning Beyond School

Year: 2022

Pages: 163-168

Print publication date: 21/01/2022

Acceptance date: 02/09/2021

Series Title: Emerald Studies in Out-of-School Learning

Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited

Place Published: Bingley


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ISBN: 9781787697409