Coming soon, by Meagan Call-Cummings:
Participatory Action Research and the Intersecting of Validity and Ethics
Abstract: In general but with notable exceptions, qualitative research has conceptualized ethics and validity as separate and distinct. Participatory action research (PAR) argues that neither ethics nor validity is some kind of distinct, linear procedure but both are more of a reflective understanding, and that they relate to a dialectical process of consciousness-raising. Both validity and ethics are instrumental in the process of making meaning – or producing authentic knowledge – which is the central tenet upon which PAR is built, as well as its primary goal. This article investigates the relationship between validity and ethics by identifying and exploring the meaning of key moments in a PAR project where both validity and ethics were called into question. By investigating these moments the author begins to uncover the relationship between validity and ethics at methodological and practical levels, and starts a conversation about what such a relationship might mean for other research designs.