Ethics

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TEACHING ETHICS THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM

Case 45. Withholding Information

Situation

Withholding Information
A sociologist, Marlene Stepanski, is contracted to conduct a series of focus groups for a private foundation. The foundation does not want its name associated with the research because the foundation's research director believes the focus groups participants would not be honest in their discussions if they know the sponsor.

Questions

  1. Does the researcher have the right to withhold the name of the sponsor?
  2. Is this a form of deceptive research?
  3. What should the sociologist do if a participant asks who is sponsoring the research?
  4. Should Marlene have accepted the funding knowing that she could not reveal the sponsor?

 

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