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Read the following ethical dilemmas and select theonemost relevant to your
personal and/or professional interests to complete this discussion. Note: the
following scenarios were modified from a publication written by Hammersley and
Traianou (2012) for the British Educational Research Association.
As a graduate student researcher, you want to investigate racist hiring
practices. However, you are concerned that unless you disguise the focus
of inquiry, you may not be able to truly assess these practices.
When studying educational challenges when working with special needs
students, you are confronted by a young adult with severe learning
difficulties who demands to be included in the research project along with
fellow members of the class, even though her parents have already
refused on her behalf. The young adult is 18 years old.
In writing up the results on a study of three local preschool nurseries for
publication, you realize that the analysis is likely to be interpreted by
parents and the local media as suggesting that one of these nurseries is
far inferior. However, there were several beneficial aspects of that nursery
not quantified as part of the initial study, and that information is not
available from the other two nurseries to analyze.
During the course of investigating induction processes in a military training
establishment, you witness what appeared to be severe bullying of a new
recruit by two of the staff. If you interfere you may jeopardize your data
collection and the integrity of your research.
Using theonescenario you selected, compose a professional letter as if you were a
graduate student currently faced with the dilemma. Write a professional letter to your
graduate research advisor discussing the hypothetical situation (scenario) and how
you think it should be handled.
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