The limits of 'informed consent' : on the ethical duties of visitor research
Jensen, Eric (2010) The limits of 'informed consent' : on the ethical duties of visitor research. In: Visitor Studies : Asking, observing and the ethics of it all, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool, 15 Oct 2010 (Unpublished)Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://www.visitors.org.uk/node/387
Informed consent procedures should not be used as a means of avoiding the professional responsibility to act in a manner that is in the best interest of participants. This presentation will explore the primary responsibility of the researcher to assess whether there is any possible harm (physical, psychological, reputational, etc.) that could come as a result of proposed visitor research. If there is, can this harm be satisfactorily mitigated? If not, then should the research go ahead? The researcher is often in a position to identify additional possibilities for harm that are not immediately visible to research participants. A further ethical responsibility for visitor researchers is to analyse and present the data you collect to the best of your ability. If you do not have the skills to effectively analyse and present the data you collect, than it is unethical to use the visitors’ time under the false pretence that their ideas will be used effectively and applied to enhance the visitor experience. Likewise, you must design the research in a way that allows for possible negative findings and then be willing to communicate the full range of results in a full and honest manner to practitioners (e.g. not omitting uncomfortable findings).
|Item Type:||Conference Item (Paper)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Date:||15 October 2010|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Conference Paper Type:||Paper|
|Title of Event:||Visitor Studies : Asking, observing and the ethics of it all|
|Type of Event:||Other|
|Location of Event:||Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool|
|Date(s) of Event:||15 Oct 2010|
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