NZ CARN symposium on ethical issues in action research
Date / Time: 1 July 2011
In early 2011 the University of Waikato took on the role of coordination of the New Zealand Collaborative Action Research Network (NZ CARN). On 1 July the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research hosted the network’s first national activity of the year: a one-day symposium, Ethical Issues in Action Research. The focus of the day was on the particular dilemmas that action researchers and practitioners face over the meaning of informed consent, withdrawal, anonymity and the diversity of professional values.
The audience heard from keynote speakers Susan Groundwater-Smith and John O’Neill.
Susan Groundwater-Smith, honorary professor at the Division of Professional Learning at the University of Sydney, is convenor of the Coalition of Knowledge Building Schools which was established to engage in ongoing systematic practitioner enquiry. Susan works with a range of universities in Australia, the UK and the Netherlands and has published widely in practitioner research including an edited book with Anne Campbell, An ethical approach to practitioner research: Issues and dilemmas in action research (2007).
John O’Neill is Professor of Teacher Education at Massey University and joint editor of the New Zealand Journal of Teacher’s Work. His teaching and research interests are in the area of teachers’ work and learning and he is co-editor of Facing the big questions in education: Purpose, power and learning (Cengage). John has a long-standing concern about ethical issues in research.