Title: Let’s play it safe: Ethical considerations from participants in a photovoice research project
Authors: Hannes, Karin * ×
Parylo, Oksana * #
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta
Series Title: International Journal of Qualitative Methods vol:13 pages:255-274
Abstract: The use of images and other visual data in qualitative research projects poses new ethical challenges, particularly in the context of participatory research projects that engage research participants in conducting fieldwork. Little is known about how research participants deal with the ethical challenges involved in conducting fieldwork, or whether they succeed in making balanced ethical judgments in collecting images of identifiable people and places. This study aims to increase our understanding of these ethical challenges. From an inductive analysis of interview data generated from nine participants recently involved in a photovoice research project we conclude that raising awareness about ethical aspects of conducting visual research increases research participants’ sensitivity toward ethical issues related to privacy, anonymity and confidentiality of research subjects. However, personal reasons (e.g., cultural, emotional) and cautions about potential ethical dilemmas also prompt avoidance behavior. While ethics sessions may empower participants by equipping them with the knowledge of research ethics, they may also have an unintentional impact on research.
ISSN: 1609-4069
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Methodology of Educational Sciences
* (joint) first author
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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