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Research ethics

Ethics in research

The aim of this study is to investigate the usefulness of laptops to students. In line with research ethics, a number of ethical issues have been identified. First, originality is a key ethical issue. Since the study will require the use of secondary sources, it has to avoid plagiarism by paraphrasing and recognizing other author’s work in-text and at the references section. The study will adhere to guidelines for copyright and authorship (Behi & Nolan, 1995). Second, this study will observe the rules of integrity and respect. This means that this study will keep agreements and promises to respondents. Any research will also strive for consistency of thought and act with sincerity (Resnik, 2015). Third, this study will observe the confidentiality of data. All confidential communications during interviews will be protected and will include interview schedules and questionnaires. Fourth, it will adhere to non-discrimination. Since this study will involve non-probabilistic sampling, there is a high possibility of bias. It is important that the researcher avoids discriminating respondents based on their ethnicity, race, sex and age or other factors that do not relate to scientific integrity and competence (Fouka & Mantzorou, 2011). Fifth, this study will strive to be honest in communicating procedures, methods, results and data. There is no attempt to deceive the public, research sponsors or colleagues. Sixth, this research will be founded on objectivity. As such, it will avoid bias in personal decisions, data interpretation, and data analysis. Furthermore, there is no financial or personal interest in this research. Finally, the data and results will advance responsible mentoring in which students will be advised, mentored and educated.


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Resnik, D.B. (2015). What is ethics in research and why is it important? National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.