Because the researcher is a data collection instrument, qualitative research presents many possible ethical dilemmas. Three common areas of ethical dilemmas in qualitative research are:

  • Conflict of interest.
  • Research with vulnerable and protected populations.
  • Self as subject.

In your discussion post, describe each of these common ethical dilemmas in detail. In addition, describe the ethical issues that might arise in a study for the research topic you developed during this course. Keep in mind that all research involving human subjects includes ethical considerations, unless the researcher uses only secondary sources.

Response Guidelines

Respond to at least one other learner. Your responses are expected to be substantive in nature and should reference the assigned readings, as well as other theoretical, empirical, or professional literature to support your views.