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date: 08 March 2021

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Qualitative researchers in the field of music education interact with research participants and perform data collection in a variety of settings and formats. The ethical conduct of research is paramount in all circumstances, but the nature of external regulatory oversight varies with the research design. This chapter considers the basis for regulatory oversight found in the Common Rule, discusses when ethical review by an institutional review board (IRB) is necessary, and includes information on working effectively with an IRB. The chapter also discusses the importance of defining the role of the qualitative researcher, especially when the researcher may be a music educator working with his or her own students. Finally, vignettes are provided to guide qualitative researchers in considering various aspects of participant protections, including strategies for informed consent and issues associated with the protection of privacy and confidentiality, where a breach may constitute the primary risk for research participants.

Keywords: common rule, confidentiality, ethical, informed consent, IRB, institutional review board, regulatory, risk

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