Compromised or Not
The Challenges of Ethics in Qualitative Research
Keywords:social research, qualitative research, behavioural sciences, informed consent
Ethical issues in research have been a challenge to many researchers. While unarguable, depending on the type of research one pursues, that there are always ethical issues to observe, it has been a challenge to know the proper ethics associated with a particular research. Those in the natural sciences and to some extent, behavioural sciences have always controlled subjects in their experiments. Are all researches involve control or manipulation of subjects? What do we owe to our research participants? This review study highlights the ethics in qualitative research, tracing the historical development of such a practice. As such it explores the relevant of ethics in research.