Learning Objectives

This chapter will help you:

  • Identify major ethics issues in human communication research.
  • Explain some of the classic ethical positions that inform communication research.
  • Describe some of the major contemporary codes of ethics.
  • Discuss the concepts of peer review and of institutional review boards.
  • Describe how the level of involvement with research participants can shape a researcher’s relationship with them.
  • Identify some of the ethical issues unique to researching human communication on the Internet.