‘What matters in the end is to act well’: student engagement and ethics

TAYLOR, Carol A. and ROBINSON, Carol (2014). ‘What matters in the end is to act well’: student engagement and ethics. In: BRYSON, Colin, (ed.) Understanding and developing student engagement. The Staff and Educational Development Series (SEDA series) . Abingdon, Routledge, 161-175.

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This chapter focuses on ethics and student engagement practices in Higher Education. Many understandings of student engagement recognise that ethics are deeply embedded within student engagement practice and theory (Bryson, 2011; Nixon, 2012), yet ethical issues are rarely discussed explicitly, specifically or in any detail. In this chapter we aim to address this neglected area. The chapter considers various ways of conceptualising ethics, proposing ‘practical wisdom’ as an ethical means to ‘act well’ in student engagement practices, before exploring some ethical practices, problems and dilemmas in detail through three empirical case studies of student engagement in Higher Education. The first case study focuses on a study of students and healthy eating; the second concerns ethical issues within a project on student transitions; while the third case explores the ethical challenges involved in student-to-student peer reviewing processes on an undergraduate module. The first and second cases deal with ethics in research projects, while the third considers ethics within teaching and learning.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Institute of Education
Page Range: 161-175
Depositing User: Carol Taylor
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2015 09:03
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 18:45
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10437

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