The principle of assumed consent: the ethics of gatekeeping

Homan, R. (2001) The principle of assumed consent: the ethics of gatekeeping Journal of Philosophy of Education, 35 (3). pp. 329-343. ISSN 0309-8249

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The obligation to inform and obtain the consent of human subjects is axiomatic in social and medical research. Yet educational researchers are often reluctant to inform their subjects: class teachers and headteachers, for example, are often used as gatekeepers, and investigators sometimes do not so much seek consent as assume it. This chapter discusses the principle of informed consent, in particular that of children. It proposes guidelines for gatekeepers who may be called upon to authorise research and to grant to investigators access to children in their care.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: X000 Education > X200 Education Research
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1111/1467-9752.00230
Faculties: Faculty of Education and Sport
Depositing User: Julie Canavan
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2015 16:15

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