Workshop Proposal Qualitative Researchers: Guests in the Private Spaces in the World Kay Fielden School of Computing and Information Technology Faculty of Business UNITEC Institute of Technology Carrington Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland, New Zealand [email protected] In this workshop participants will explore the multiple and complex way qualitative researchers engage with the world in the research process. As the number of qualitative research methods and the disciplines in which qualitative research is practiced has proliferated, so the ethical dilemmas faced by qualitative researchers have multiplied. Informed consent is a vexing issue for many qualitative researchers ((Braud and Anderson 1998; Denzin and Lincoln 1998; Lee 1999; Christians 2000; Denzin and Lincoln 2000; Fontana and Frey 2000; Avgerou 2001)). In particular, the principle of informed consent will be explored across a variety of qualitative research methods including case study, action research and grounded theory. The framework for this workshop has emerged as a result of difficulties experienced in gaining ethics approval for postgraduate students in the Masters in Computing at UNITEC. Data has been gathered about an appropriate level of ethics approval for theses or dissertation in business computing from the information technology email list IS-World. This data will be shared with workshop participants. In this workshop participants will engage in the following phases: 1. Exploring the concept of guests in the private spaces in the world as a qualitative researcher 2. Identifying the multiple meanings of informed consent in qualitative research 3. Discovering the ‘points of tension’ for informed consent in qualitative research 4. Developing a framework for appropriate informed consent according to research method, culture, context and protocols within the private space being investigated 5. Reflecting on the workshop process as an experiential learning exercise Participants will deliver a joint presentation of this shared experience to the conference delegates. Keywords Research Ethics, Postgraduate Education, Qualitative Research Methods References Avgerou, C. (2001). “The significance of context in information systems and organisational change.” Information Systems Journal 11: 43-63. Braud, W. and R. Anderson (1998). Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences: Honoring Human Experience. USA, Sage Pub. Christians, C. (2000). Ethics and Politics in Qualitative Research. The Handbook of Qualitative Research. N. K. Denzin and Y. S. Lincoln. Thousand Oaks, California, Sage Pub: 133-155. Denzin, N. K. and Y. S. Lincoln, Eds. (1998). Strategies of Qualitative Research. USA, Sage Pub. Denzin, N. K. and Y. S. Lincoln, Eds. (2000). The Handbook of Qualitative Research. Thousand Oaks, California, Sage Pub. Fontana, A. and J. H. Frey (2000). The Interview: From Structured Questions to Negotiated Text. The Handbook of Qualitative Research. N. K. Denzin and Y. S. Lincoln. Thousand Oaks, California, Sage Pub: 645-672. Lee, A. S. (1999). “Rigor and Relevance in MIS Research: Beyond the Approach of Positivism Alone.” MIS Quarterly 23(1): 29-35.