I don’t have too much to say on the readings for this week other than that I am pretty interested in research ethics – especially in regards to interviewing. One of the things that stood out to me in Knight’s chapter was when he said that researchers should not become too involved with the participants because they can be “disturbing people.” Obviously Knight is writing from the perspective of the researcher, so that is who he is sympathizing with, but that is still a bit of a funny (awkward) statement. I did like the suggestion that the researcher might carry pamphlets or other resources for the participants if sensitive subjects such as illness or crime might be discussed – that seems like good advice, but perhaps not maintaining an appropriate distance from the subject.
Another thing that I found interesting was that the U of T REB was primarily concerned with respect from human dignity in Research Involving Human Subjects. Of course respecting and maintaining the dignity of the participants is paramount, but it is also quite vague – I expected that it would go into more detail. I’m sure that these issues will be addressed in class so this is a bit of a ramble, but I look forward to learning more about this.