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Ethics Review Concerns of Canada's Distance Researchers

Ethics Review Concerns of Canada's Distance Researchers
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Author(s): Patrick J. Fahy (Athabasca University, Canada)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 19
Source title: Ethical Practices and Implications in Distance Learning
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ugur Demiray (Anadolu University, Turkey) and Ramesh C. Sharma (Indira Gandhi National Open University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-867-3.ch014

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Abstract

Ethics review of research involving humans is intended to protect human dignity by balancing harms and benefits. The foci and methods used in reviews vary nationally, but tend, as in Canada, to address core principles including free and informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, inclusiveness and fairness, and the rights of dependent subjects. Under examination in relation to the policy that governs research ethics in Canada, the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS, 2005), these principles admit numerous exceptions, a fact that, as shown by a study reported here, is better understood by those actually engaged in research than those who are not. The implications of these findings, and the specific priorities of non- Canadian researchers (especially those in developing nations), are described and discussed.

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