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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Module 2 ethics and planning the inquiry

A great session the other night! Please add comments and questions to link the discussion! Lara, Granger, Jessica, Ellie, and Tom attended this particular session so I will link blogs as they come up and there is a fair amount on the blogs and emerging SIGs.

The discussion we had about the kinds of professional ethics and practitioner research ethics that were in the inquiry planning - also about the forms that need to be filled out.

We also talk about questions people had and that were popping up on the SIGs (and about SIGs!).

Jessica has been talking about ethics on her blog

as has Lisa

Katy is talking about SIGs

Final 28.10.15 m2 bapp arts ethical practice from Paula Nottingham

Here are some of the questions that hopefully the slideshare will help with...

What from the Reader 5 might be useful to apply it the planning? - scan the Reader and use it for thinking through some very complex issues -  then relate some of this thinking to what you want to find out about and the people that might be involve n that inquiry.

What kinds of ethical  procedures and advice was needed? - e.g. the idea that the inquiry was not supposed to be 'covert' - so what permissions were need form the workplace and from other individuals? e.g. permission form gatekeepers and informed consent forms planned for professionals - also BERA - working with children under 16 needs special consideration and parental permissions - is it already a part of your workplace role and could it be 'captured' in your journal? It might be more appropriate to focus on practitioners in your workplace/community of practice?

How can you carry out research without 'twisting' the results? Interpretation of what you find out from people and analysis of this 'data' is important to consider - Reader 6 spells some of this out.

How much does the code of professional practice in your area affect what you ned to plan? e.g. professional organisations like Equity might provide guidance when thinking about professional codes of practice.


  1. Hi Paula, thanks for the blog and slideshow. Was a great help as I missed the session. Lots to think about and has been the basis for a few conversation with my colleagues - as you say every has their own twist on a professional code of conduct. I will blog about this now. Also, was good to speak the other day about how this is not an experiment. Has made me question what I can tangibly achieve from the inquiry to aid what I am doing right now

  2. Hi Paula - Thanks for this as sadly I couldn't make the session. I am working on Part 5 at the moment about ethics. I think I have a general idea about what I think my inquiry could be but I keep changing my mind!! I know that ethics will be very important in whatever my inquiry turns out to be. I'm interested in what you said about 'twisting' results. I'm worried that I have my own opinions on things and that I won't be able to stand back enough and see things for what they are.


  3. Hi Paula,

    I thought the session was really useful for discussing ideas with our students studying Module 2. One of the main aspects I took from the session was that courtesy goes along way in an inquiry, especially when colleagues are involved in social research.

    I have been taking a few days to reflect on what I have learning and what knowledge I have gained in Module 2 so far, but I plan to blog a post about the session on the 28th tonight.


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  6. Thanks for a great session last week, Paula. As we covered the 'Equity' Code of Conduct, I have in the meantime had a chance to look back at the Code of Practice in the Artist Management field (on the IAMA - the International Artist Managers' Association website) and made some interesting discoveries about the correct ethical behaviour of managers/agents towards their artists, which I blogged about.
    I found being reminded of these 'professional ethics rules' particularly relevant since a lot of us have portfolio careers and often can be on the receiving end of breached ethics (regarding health and safety, payment, copyright etc.)! So realising the rights and respectful treatment that should be prevalent in creative businesses but is so often ignored was very useful. Similarly to Lisa, my biggest concern is being objective and accurate with my findings instead of trying to prove a preconceived idea.