An Approach to Ethics

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An Approach to Ethics. Introducing an Ethical Grid Kris Stutchbury kris.stutchbury@open.ac.uk. Activity. Read the account of a science teachers MEd project Identify the main ethical issues How did you approach the issue?. What does the literature say?. Ethics can be a difficult issue - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • An Approach to EthicsIntroducing an Ethical GridKris Stutchburykris.stutchbury@open.ac.uk

  • ActivityRead the account of a science teachers MEd projectIdentify the main ethical issues

    How did you approach the issue?

  • What does the literature say?Ethics can be a difficult issue

    Ethical issues will emerge over time

    Lists of principles and guidelines are not enoughBUT.Lack of coherenceHow can you be sure you have thought of everything?Institutional requirements can be onerous

  • Seedhouses Ethical Grid

    Provides a way of thinking about a situation that is structured, coherent and recoverable.

    Based on Moral Theory

    Consists of layers

    Designed to be used in Healthcare but has potential as a tool to be used beyond that.

  • External ConsiderationsConsequential LayerDuties + MotivesIndividuals

  • Deontological layerCoreRationaleConsequential layerExternal ConsiderationsAn alternative view of the grid.

  • External ConsiderationsCodes of practiceRisksThe lawUse of resourcesEffectiveness and efficiency of actionThe degree of certainty of the evidence on which action is taken

  • Consequentialist LayerConsequences of the research for:oneselfthe individuala particular group of individualssociety

  • Duties + Motives (Intentions)

    Tell the truth

    Minimise harm

    Keep promises

    Do most positive good

  • Concern for IndividualsRespect the needs of individualsRespect AutonomyRespect persons equallyCreate autonomy?The Ethic of Trust?

  • Flinders

  • A quote from Seedhouse The Ethical Grid is a tool, and nothing more than that. Like a hammer or screwdriver used competently, it can make certain tasks easier, but it cannot direct the tasks, nor can it help decide which tasks are the most important. The Grid can enhance deliberation- it can throw light into unseen corners and can suggest new avenues of thought but it is not a substitute for personal judgement (p209)

  • AdvantagesProvides structure and coherence in a field in which it is lackingBased on Moral theoryCan be used over time at different points in the researchSeems to embrace many of the ideas described elsewhere

  • ReferenceStutchbury, Kris and Fox, Alison(2009) 'Ethics in educational research: introducing a methodological tool for effective ethical analysis', Cambridge Journal of Education, 39: 4, 489 504

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