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  1. Geography 237aResearch Methods Ethics in Social Research(Babbie Chapter 3) • no harm • informed consent • confidentiality • anonymity • deception • debriefing • case studies Geog 237a

  2. Ethics Terminology no harm • do not endanger physically, psychologically or socially • do not embarrass e.g, reveal that Virgil very critical of his boss (social harm) Geog 237a

  3. Ethics Terminology informed consent • contract for participation in a study • typically signed document, sometimes verbal • informed: basic goals/purpose of study • consent: to use data • withdraw anytime, destroy data if requested Geog 237a

  4. Ethics Terminology anonymity • readers of research reports cannot identify responses • researchers blind to responses too? confidentiality • researchers know identity but do not reveal publicly pseudonyms • in interview research, to protect confidentiality Geog 237a

  5. Ethics Terminology deception • hotly debated issue (violates informed consent) • sometimes “necessary” to obtain truthful responses/participation – more “natural” • e.g., Milgram obedience study (many psychological experiments still deceive) debriefing • if participation includes deception • participant learns of deception and value of it for study Geog 237a

  6. Ethics Example read “Trouble in the Tearoom” example in text Geog 237a