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September 2011

Dear Colleague, On behalf of the Council of the British Educational Research Association, I am very pleased to present the Association’s second revision (2011) of the Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research to you. Research related to education is varied and complex, rarely amenable

to precise measurement or given to all-encompassing solutions to its many challenges. Nevertheless, the continued pursuit of improved knowledge and understanding of all aspects of education is vital for our democracy and social well-being. To this end, these guidelines are designed to support educational researchers in conducting research to the highest ethical standards in whatever context it is needed. BERA’s Guidelines unequivocally recognize and celebrate the diversity

of approaches in educational research. Tey promote respect for all those who engage with it: researchers and participants, academics and professional practitioners, commissioning bodies and those who use the research. Tey are not rules and regulations but do represent the tenets of best ethical practice that have served our community of researchers well in the past and will continue to do so in the future. As time goes on, Council will review the Guidelines and will update them as necessary. I hope that you will find them of assistance in your work and that you will commend them to everyone who carries out, participates in or makes use of educational research.

With best wishes

John Gardner (President)

Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research


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