Research, data collection and ethical issues: lessons from hindsight

Conference paper


Madanayake, U. and Ganiyu, S. (2018). Research, data collection and ethical issues: lessons from hindsight. International Conference on Professionalism and ethics in Construction. London 21 - 22 Nov 2018
AuthorsMadanayake, U. and Ganiyu, S.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

Research involves a systematic process of investigating a problem or phenomenon with a view of solving the problem or providing a new insight in the problem. The essence could be to describe, explain, predict, analyse, control or prescribe solutions to the problem. Whatever the goal of the research, there are expected processes to be followed for it to qualify as scientific research whose findings will be accepted. Typically of most PhD researches, a research student is expected to collect and analyse primary data in addition to the findings form the literature. The process of data collection, especially in social-sciences where the built environment arguably belongs, often involve interaction with people. In order to protect the fundamental right of the participants in research and ensure their anonymity, certain ethical guidelines and issues must be carefully considered before setting out for the data collection. The paper is aimed at creating awareness about these simple but delicate issues regarding ethical considerations during research. The authors drew on their personal experience, as PhD researchers, to create awareness about salient ethical issues regarding research data collection. The paper highlighted the process for a ‘scientific research’ and different types of data collection involving qualitative research. The paper discussed ethical issues related to data collection and concluded by signposting the likely ethical pitfalls and how to avoid while carrying out a research

Keywordsdata collection, ethical issues, research process, researcher, qualitative data
Year2018
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Print21 Nov 2018
Publication process dates
Accepted01 Nov 2018
Deposited12 Nov 2019
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