University of Twente Student Theses


Providing tailored advice for preparing for the ethics assessment procedure

Kester, L. (2022) Providing tailored advice for preparing for the ethics assessment procedure.

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Abstract:In the Human Media Interaction faculty at the University of Twente there seems to be a lack of engagement in, and quality of, prepared materials for the ethics assessment procedure by both researchers and students. This thesis aims to improve these two aspects during the preparation phase of the ethics assessment process by providing advice tailored to the type of research a researcher or student wants to engage in. To be able to provide fitting advice, the points at which students and beginning researchers struggle most were pinpointed through literature research and research towards practices around ethics assessment in the HMI faculty. These points of struggle were used to provide them with advice that is 1) tailored to the typical patterns of research for their research type and 2) helpful without being too guiding. This led to the development of three versions of advice, the minimum, medium and maximum advice, with different levels of helpfulness and guidance. The minimum advice focuses on short reminders of what not to forget in the ethics assessment preparation, the medium advice also includes examples and explanations about the importance of these points, and additionally, the maximum advice also provides templates and uses a more guiding tone. These three versions of advice were implemented in a newly developed ethics preparation tool in which the information needed to provide tailored advice is gathered through a questionnaire. Evaluation of all three versions with a group of 26 students, inexperienced with the ethics assessment procedure, showed that 1) the medium and maximum advice as implemented in the ethics preparation tool can improve the self-competence of users in going through the ethics assessment procedure and 2) implies that such a tool could improve the quality of the materials prepared for ethics assessment.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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