Category Archives for "ethics"

Participatory Action with Refugees with Disabilities

Standard approaches to qualitative research often exclude persons with different types of disabilities. In 2013 and 2014, the Women’s Refugee Commission applied a participatory model to examine the intersections of sexual and reproductive health and disability in three refugee settings. Respecting the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and a rights-based framework to […]


Action research with street-based sex workers

By Marta Graça Some years ago, during my trainee as a social worker, I worked in harm reduction with sex workers and people who inject drugs. I became sensitive to the lack of participation of sex workers in the design, implementation and evaluation of social and health services, in the academic research, and/or in the sociopolitical debate […]


Comments on the new book by Zachary Schrag, Ethical Imperialism A History of the IRB and Social Sciences, posted by Mary Brydon-Miller

You all remember Ronsencrantz and Guildenstern from Hamlet. “Peripheral to the main action, they stumbled onstage and off, neglected or despised by the main charactes and destined for a bad end” So they are described by Zachary Schrag in his recent book, Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009, in which he […]


A Brief Pause to Consider Confucius posted by Mary Brydon-Miller

I want to pause in my examination of the structured ethical reflection to offer my sincere thanks to Juanjuan Zhao for giving me the opportunity to read and discuss the connections between Confucius and Action Research. Thanks, too, to John Elliot and Ching-tien Tsai for their insightful examination of this topic. “Learning without thought is pointless.  Thought without learning […]

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