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Thursday, June 19 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
CON6.02 – The Ethics of Collecting "Good" Curriculum Data (Room A227)

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With increasing pressures for evaluating the quality of higher education in Canada, individuals within institutions are increasingly engaging in processes to assess programs across curricula.  Best practice in curriculum review advocates that curriculum improvements be based on systematic, evidenced based approaches, which rely on data collected from multiple sources using multiple methods (Wolf, 2007). Although most curriculum processes are considered outside of the purview of the 2nd edition of Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2, 2010), the same ethical challenges remain with many methods applied to curriculum review. Further confounding this challenge are recent developments in the field of the Scholarship of Curriculum Practice (SoCP), which advocates for the dissemination of the results of curriculum review for the broader benefit of academe and program reform (Hubbal & Gold, 2007). This shift towards the SoCP represents an on-going transformation within the context of higher education. Collecting curriculum data informed by ethical practices will help to ensure curricular transformations and improvements are based on sound data that better-informs decision making processes.

Building on the principles described in the TCPS 2 and the four ethical guidelines presented by MacLean & Poole (2010), this interactive workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to explore how ethical principles for conducting research on human subjects apply to curriculum review. By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to assess the risks and ethical challenges to participants associated with typical curriculum review processes.

Thursday June 19, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
A227 Duncan McArthur Hall, 511 Union Street Queen's University Kingston ON Canada

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