Improvisation, Ethical Heuristics and the Dialogical Reality of Ethics in the Field

Ethics in Social Research

ISBN: 978-1-78052-878-6, eISBN: 978-1-78052-879-3

ISSN: 1042-3192

Publication date: 30 July 2012


Findings – Researchers can never be fully prepared for the ethical issues they will confront in the field. However, the authors believe that if researchers share the eccentricities of their empirical experiences with others in their field, then researchers can be better prepared for the ethical challenges awaiting them. As such, this chapter draws upon our own fieldwork experiences in a rural village school in Norfolk and in a series of suburban/rural primary schools in North East England. The chapter does not offer a series of recommendations, but rather an exploration of the practical lessons that the authors have taken from the field.



Edwards, M. and Hillyard, S. (2012), "Improvisation, Ethical Heuristics and the Dialogical Reality of Ethics in the Field", Love, K. (Ed.) Ethics in Social Research (Studies in Qualitative Methodology, Vol. 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 129-148.

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