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Ethical Issues in Research

Locate and read a research study using human subjects related to a topic you may investigate via Action Research or Practitioner Inquiry. Select a peer-reviewed primary research article found in published research (typically in an academic journal) written by a researcher about a research project they conducted. It presents the research background, design of the study, data collected, results or findings, and conclusions of the research. Peer-reviewed primary research articles can be found through the library databases. There is a description of peer-reviewed primary research on the library webpage. Based on your selected peer-reviewed primary research article, in 2-3 pages, answer the following questions related to research ethics:

  • Describe the study.
    • Is it qualitative or quantitative? Why?
    • What are the research question(s) and/or purpose of the study?
    • How many participants?
    • What type of population sample was involved?
  • Describe any ethical issues in the study, including those concerning any of the Three Principles of Research Ethics (Respect for Persons, Beneficence, and Justice). Identify any potential ethical concerns that may have been overlooked.
    • For example, how is informed consent provided and how are participants’ rights protected?
  • Describe researcher bias/assumptions if they are evident.
  • Describe study limitations if they are evident.

Support your statements with evidence from the required studies and your research. Cite and reference your sources in APA style. Be sure to review the Guidelines for Writing Scholarly Papers Click for more options

(Concordia University – Portland, n.d.-g) as one tool to support you in effective writing practices.

If you need additional support, your text, Understanding Education Research: A Guide to Critical Reading (Shank, Brown, & Pringle, 2018), is a helpful resource in your review of educational research.


Shank, G., Brown, L., & Pringle, J. (2018). Understanding education research: A guide to critical reading (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

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