Series editor(s): Professor Saville Kushner
Subject Area: Education
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|Title:||The self of the investigator in research with human beings|
|Volume:||12 Editor(s): Brinda Jegatheesan ISBN: 978-1-84663-890-9 eISBN: 978-1-84663-891-6|
|Citation:||Klaus Witz (2008), The self of the investigator in research with human beings, in Brinda Jegatheesan (ed.) Access, a Zone of Comprehension, and Intrusion (Advances in Program Evaluation, Volume 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.165-185|
|DOI:||10.1016/S1474-7863(08)12009-9 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Article type:||Chapter Item|
When the editors suggested that I write something on “access”, “intrusion”, “risk of violation of privacy”, based on my own experience and work, I was at a complete loss for how to respond. To me, these kinds of questions should not even come up. If it comes to a point where an interview or observation involves what the participant perceives as an intrusion or infringement on privacy, or when maybe unexpectedly there occurs a violation of confidentiality, my first reaction would be to find out what I had done wrong and examine my own basic principles and actions in the situation. Each human interaction is a two-way affair, and the researcher/evaluator has generally many more responsibilities in it than the participant.
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