Chapter Overviews

Chapter Seven, Research Ethics and the Relational Quality of Research, discusses the relational quality of research and research ethics. The chapter begins by framing and defining what we mean by relational ethics. The chapter addresses more common components of ethics including Institutional Review Boards, ethics committees, codes of ethics, and informed consent and assent and argues for a view of ethics that extends beyond these necessary and important safeguards for participants. The chapter explores the concepts of research boundaries, reciprocity, transparency in goals, expectations, processes, and roles, as well as issues of data management and security in the Information Age. We discuss ethical dimensions of the concept of the “researcher as instrument” by exploring the ideological and methodological processes of researcher reflexivity and push against the “expert-learner binary.” The chapter also discusses the ethics of collaboration and design flexibility.