An Approach to Ethics. Introducing an Ethical Grid Kris Stutchbury firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
An Approach to EthicsIntroducing an Ethical GridKris Stutchburykris.email@example.com
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.
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
Do most positive good
Concern for IndividualsRespect the needs of individualsRespect AutonomyRespect persons equallyCreate autonomy?The Ethic of Trust?
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