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Important Ethical Consideration to Be Made

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Important ethical consideration in Research

Ethics refers to well base standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtues. Ethical standards also include those command virtues of honesty, compassion, and loyalty. And, ethical standards include standards relating to rights, such as the right to life, the right to freedom from injury, and the right to privacy. Such standards are adequate standards of ethics because they are supported by consistent and well-founded reasons (Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, 2008). Ethical standards are usually learnt at home, church, schools and in other social environment. The sense of right and wrong is usually acquired during childhood, however moral development occurs throughout the   developmental lifespan.
Most societies use laws to enforce widely accepted moral standards and ethical and legal rules use similar concepts, however, it is important to remember that ethics and law are not the same, ethical norms tend to be boarder and more informal than laws. Being ethical is not the same as following the law. The law often incorporates ethical standards to which most citizens subscribe. But laws, like feelings, can deviate from what is ethical. An action may be legal but unethical or illegal but ethical. Ethical concepts and principles can also be used to criticize, evaluate, propose or interpret laws (Resnik, 2010).
Although codes, policies, and principles are very important and useful, like any set of rules, they do not cover every situation that arises in research, they often conflict, and they require considerable interpretation. It is therefore important for researchers to learn how to interpret, assess, and apply various research rules and how to make decisions about how to act in various situations. The vast majority of decisions that people must make in the conduct of research involve the straightforward...


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