Research ethics in Sub-Saharan Africa: graduate students’ attitudes and beliefs

Grant, Chris ORCID: 0000-0003-3036-0931 and Gazdula, Joe ORCID: 0000-0002-2809-2600 Research ethics in Sub-Saharan Africa: graduate students’ attitudes and beliefs. Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative research. ISSN 1935-3308 (Submitted)

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Abstract

In this article, we outline the results of a narrative exploration of beliefs and attitudes towards research ethics among graduate students in two South-Central African countries, Zambia and Malawi. The participants were mid-career professionals in Africa, studying graduate business programs delivered in-country, but in partnership with a British University. By understanding the cultural underpinnings of African ethical philosophy, we aim to reconcile research practices in the region with the ethical compliance requirements and processes explicit in Western graduate research. We conducted semi-structured, in-depth interviews with 11 students to ascertain their views on ethics generally, the influences that contribute to their ethical perspective, and in particular the relationship between these and the processes and procedures taught in their course. Participants indicated several factors were important to their beliefs and attitudes regarding research ethics including close social groups which impacted ethical beliefs, traditional historical ethics re-enforced through storytelling, religion, location (urban or rural), and beliefs about professionalism.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper to be published in Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative research, 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethics, Research, Africa, Qualitative, Graduate, Traditions
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Education
Off-Campus Division
Depositing User: Dr. J.H. Gazdula
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2019 18:17
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2019 13:05
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2049

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