When practice takes precedence: conceptions of inquiry and the link to ethical posture

Karen McArdle, Jacinta Birchley, Jayne Bruce, Alison Hurrell, Sandra Paterson, Mary Stephen

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Using participatory action research (PAR), this paper explores the ethical practice of students engaged in practitioner research in a higher education context. Using narrative enquiry, the paper explores the participants’ experiences of practitioner research, including ethical dilemmas that resulted from a conflict of values between the practitioner and research roles. We postulate a multi-dimensional approach to ethical practice known as ‘ethical posture’ emerging from our consideration of conceptions of inquiry that resulted in contrasting ethical behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-84
Number of pages17
JournalEducational Action Research
Issue number1
Early online date14 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2015



  • participatory action research
  • higher education
  • narrative enquiry

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