A funny thing happened on the way to the ethics board: Studying the meaning of farm life for farm children.
Cummins, H. (2006). A funny thing happened on the way to the ethics board: Studying the meaning of farm life for farm children. Journal of Academic Ethics, 4(1-4), pp. 175-188.
Abstract: What can one expect to unfold when they choose to do a face-to-face study of children on the farm and their use of space in rural southwestern Ontario? The process of getting the research off the ground from an ethics point of view was one where it was anything but normative, and to a large extent, a grueling process. This article situates the researcher’s dilemma and lays out the unfolding of the research process with reference to the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans and the major components found to trouble a research ethics board on a university campus. Last, academic freedom and the rights of researchers are considered in the context of undertaking the proposed research agenda. (Abstract reproduced with permission © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006).