Call for Participation in Ethics in Education Research Lab

Call for Participation in Ethics in Education Research Lab

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Greetings CEITR Colleagues,

We are excited to inform you about the Ethics in Education Research Group.  We invite you to join this group and participate in one or more of the proposed projects described below.

Undergirding all educational practice is the importance of values and ethics.  Educators must maintain a high ethical focus grounded in democratic values, working for both the individual and public good.  Values include perspectives of justice, critique, care, and community. Framed within the contexts of power and authority, ethics inform educator training, curriculum design, and school structures.

The aim of the Ethics in Education Research Group is to use research and scholarly engagement to thoughtfully examine the complexities and tensions within the PK-12, undergraduate, and post-graduate environment.  The work of the group is organized around six key themes:

1.      The moral, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of Educational Leadership

2.      Teacher pre-service and in-service education

3.      Ethics, school structures, and curriculum reform

4.      The deep and often contentious meanings ascribed to both diversity and democracy within the education profession.

5.      Academic honesty

6.      Authorial voice and identity

Ethics in Education is an online research group that provides support and structure to conduct research projects. The goal is to complete, present, and publish the results of the studies within 12 months. The research projects will be supported to apply for SAS grants.  

Research Group Leaders:    Jim Lane, Ed.D. and Debbie Ritter-Williams, Ph.D..

Monthly Web-Based meetings will be offered to support the teams for 12 months. 

Each team will need a leader, a writer, a methodologist, and a literature reviewer. 

Team Member Requirements:

  • Research team members are required to meaningfully contribute to the advancement of the project from the beginning until end of the research project and presenting/publishing the research
  • Research team members are required to attend a monthly Web-based meeting on the last Monday of each month from 2-3pm Phoenix time and additional meetings planned by the team members. 

Suggested Research Projects

The following section provides details of several research projects.  Each project could potentially be divided into additional research projects, depending on interest in the topic. We have provided potential research questions, research sites, and methodology options for each project.  We assume that research teams may modify these as they embark on the project.  Several projects are supported with blogs posted on the Research Hub.  These should be considered as pieces to initiate thinking about the topics and to show preliminary resources, rather than as prescriptive guides.

Research Team 1:  Hurricanes, Schools, and the Ethic of Community

Proposed Research Questions

RQ1    What are significant experiences of school leaders in supervising community disaster shelters during hurricanes?

RQ2    How were professional ethics reflected in the practices and experiences of school leaders while supervising community disaster shelters during hurricanes?

Proposed Research Site/Sample: a Florida school district – Jim has a connection

Proposed methodology(ies)

Narrative Analysis

 

Research Team 2:  Bullying: A Darkness Within American Schools

Proposed Research Questions

RQ1    What are significant personal experiences of educators as victims of bullying behaviors during their youth?

RQ2    What are significant professional experiences of educators as victims of bullying behaviors?

RQ3    What are significant professional experiences of educators as observers of bullying behaviors?

RQ4    In what ways did educators apply experiences with bullying to shape their professional practices in working with victims of bullying behavior?

Proposed Research Site/Sample: UOP Research Hub

Proposed methodology(ies)

Narrative Analysis

Autoethnography

 

Research Team 3:  Embedded Racism in School Cultures https://research.phoenix.edu/center-educational-and-instructional-technology-research/blog/cat-hat-and-embedded-racial-bias

Proposed Research Questions

RQ1    What are significant personal experiences of educators with racial bias in school curriculum during their youth?

RQ2    What are significant personal experiences of educators with racial bias in school culture during their youth?

RQ3    What are significant professional experiences of educators with racial bias in school curriculum?

RQ3    What are significant professional experiences of educators with racial bias in school culture?

RQ4    In what ways did educators apply experiences with embedded racism in school cultures to shape their professional practices in training teachers and shaping school curriculum?

Proposed Research Site/Sample: UOP Research Hub

Proposed methodology(ies)

Narrative Analysis

 

Research Team 4:  Crises of Care and Critique: School Principals and Narratives of Compassion Fatigue (Note:  A blog post on this topic is forthcoming).

Proposed Research Questions

RQ 1    What are significant ethical dilemmas faced by school administrators that caused within them compassion fatigue?

RQ2    What effects did the experience of compassion fatigue have on both the administrator and the recipient?

RQ3    How did the administrator work with compassion fatigue to improve or change his or her ability to work with similar future events?

Proposed Research Site/Sample: UOP Research Hub

Potential methodology(ies)

Narrative Analysis

Phenomenology

Autoethnography

 

Research Team 5:  Personal and Organizational Plagiarism Detection Software – Status Report

Proposed Research Questions:

RQ1: What are the benefits and limitations of plagiarism detection software for faculty?

RQ2: What considerations guide faculty choices for using personal or organizational plagiarism detection software?

RQ3: What are the consequences for faculty, students, and the institution related to the use of plagiarism detection software?

Potential Methodology: Literature Review

 

Research Team 6:  Authorial Voice and Attribution in the Digital Age: Ethical and Practical Matters

Proposed Research Question: What specific actions and decisions do graduate students take as they incorporate ideas from online sources into their academic papers?

Proposed Research Site/Sample: UOP Research Hub

Potential Methodology: Narrative Inquiry using think-aloud protocol

 

Research Team 7:   Faculty member institutional engagement and efforts to detect and report student plagiarism

Proposed Research Question: What, if any, relationship exists between faculty member’s engagement with their institution and their detection and reporting of student plagiarism?

Proposed Research Site/Sample: UOP Research Hub, social media, adjunct faculty associations

Potential Methodology: Quantitative Correlational

 

To indicate your interest in participating, please complete the attached form and return to jflane@email.phoenix.edu and/or dritterw@email.phoenix.edu .. also feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

 

Proposed Timeline:

January 19       Potential participants complete and return the Intent to Participate form to Debbie and/or Jim listing project(s) you are interested in and role you might play on the team; e.g., writer, methodologist, literature reviewer.  Please also include any other research experience and current research projects.

January 23       Response from Debbie and Jim listing teams.

January 29       First group meeting of all teams.

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