What could possibly go wrong?: The role of supervisors in ethics training for creative practice researchers
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- The Meeting of Aesthetics and Ethics in the Academy: Challenges for Creative Practice Researchers in Higher Education, 2019, pp. 87 - 100
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© 2020 selection and editorial matter, Kate MacNeill and Barbara Bolt. This chapter examines the role supervisors play in training PhD candidates in ethics approval processes as a part of their overall research training. It presents a range of hypothetical PhD candidates’ ethical ‘becoming’ through the lens of a journey towards ethical know-how. For supervisors of creative practice projects, there are many concepts to be aware of and complexities to negotiate, not only within the supervision but also outside of it, such as at milestone review events and with relevant research managers and ethics committees. It behoves supervisors to assist their candidates on how to interpret and apply the terms ‘participant’, ‘data’ and ‘informed consent’ within their own research projects. According to creative practice researcher and supervisor Brad Haseman, practice-based research is ‘concerned with the improvement of practice, and new epistemologies of practice distilled from the insider’s understandings of action in context’. Researchers need to complete the university’s ethics application form, which is then reviewed and approved by research active academics.
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