[SPAM] - Re: [URBANTH-L]IRB and students - Email found in subject

Lewinson, Anne alewinson at berry.edu
Wed Apr 4 10:41:23 EDT 2007

In the last couple years, our IRB also developed a 'blanket' approval
application for undergraduate class research projects which is very
similar to what Elzbieta describes. As well, since my institution has a
graduate program in education, we developed a set of criteria and
procedures specifically for students conducting educational research. We
felt a need to do so because inevitably they are working with minors (a
'vulnerable' population), and thus their proposals should receive the
most thorough review, however the projects often focused on students in
their own classrooms and much of what they were doing was more along the
lines of trying out different pedagogical techniques (warranting the
lowest level of review, if any at all). Our colleagues in Education
voiced their concerns to the Board often enough that the IRB Coordinator
and Board decided to re-evaluate the procedures and came up with a

Anyway, my point is that IRBs can be convinced to re-think their
procedures so as to adopt something which is more appropriate to our
needs. It will take some work on their part, however ultimately it will
save them time in not needing to bounce proposals back to anthropology
grad students repeatedly and not having a whole slew of ethnographic
proposals to read for a full board meeting. A possible starting point:
I've been forwarding these postings to the IRB Coordinator at my
institution, and she has said they are very interesting reading. For
those whom it might be appropriate, you might want to do the same. While
the composition of IRBs does change yearly, the Coordinator usually is a
staff member who is there for the long haul. S/he might be a good place
to open up the conversation about developing practices which suit
ethnographic research better. 

Anne S. Lewinson [alewinson at berry.edu] 
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Berry College
495010 Mount Berry Station
Mount Berry, GA  30149-5010   USA
Phone: (706) 236-5094
Fax: (706) 236-2205

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Georgetown has a very similar system/procedure, with one caveat that the
student research is for class papers, not for publication.  If students
and/or the professor wishe to publish any of the student papers, IRB has
to give approval for the research. 

Elzbieta M. Gozdziak, Ph.D.
Research Director
Editor, International Migration
Georgetown University
Harris Building
3300 Whitehaven St NW
Suite 3100
Washington, DC 20007
Tel: 202-687-2193
Fax: 202-687-2541
e-mail: emg27 at georgetown.edu

----- Original Message -----
From: Patty Gray <ffpag at uaf.edu>
Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2007 0:04 am
Subject: [URBANTH-L]IRB and students

> Dear all, this is one of the most constructive discussions I have ever
> participated in. I am grateful that this topic was brought up - each
> response has added greatly to my understanding of the issues 
> surroundingIRBs and my confidence in dealing with it.
> About undergraduate student research projects: My IRB has what I 
> think is
> a good system - I went through a multi-stage online tutorial about the
> history of the Belmont Report and the whole IRB process, and once I
> completed it, I was "certified" by my IRB and had blanket approval 
> for all
> student projects carried out in the course of classwork under me. 
> In other
> words, they shifted the responsibility to me to assure that what my
> students are doing is in compliance.
> Patty Gray
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