Key Resources for Additional Information
The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), a major professional organization for English teaching, has promulgated guidelines for conducting research with human subjects and using students' work in research or pedagogical papers.
A related bibliography contains useful sources for more reading on human subjects' research.
The Association of Internet Researchers adopted extensive guidelines for Internet-based research.
"Ethical decision-making and Internet research: Recommendations from the AoIR ethics working committee"
Authors: Charles Ess and the AoIR ethics working committee
Approved by AoIR, November 27, 2002
- Although many of the sources in this National Institutes of Health document relate to medical research, you'll find a good history of and many references to general discussions of the ethics of human research cited here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/archive//20061214/pubs/cbm/hum_exp.html
- Bloom, L.Z. (2003). The good, the bad, and the ugly: Ethical principles for (re)presenting students and student writing in teachers' publications. Writing on the Edge, 13(2), 67-82. Although this article focuses less on research design and ethical issues of informed consent, it does include a useful discussion of representing students' work. Other articles in this special issue of Writing on the Edge also take up key issues in ethical use of human subjects in composition research.
- Yin, R. K. (1989). Case Study Research: Design and Methods, rev. ed., Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Sage Publications produces more texts on research methods and methodology than any other publisher. Forthcoming titles include texts looking specifically at ethics in research design.