A graduate student is conducting a study to find out how bilinguial English-Spanish speaking students navigate bi-cultural, bilingual identity in a rural high school setting. The study will take place in small town in Eastern Washington State that has one high school with approximately 400 students. The research methods include: weekly interviews, and in-depth classroom observation of four Spanish-English bilingual 14 – 17 year old students over one academic year. The researcher will also conduct interviews with administration, teachers, parents, and other students about their thoughts on language and local identity. What are some of ethical issues inherent in the design of this study? What are some of the ethical issues that might unfold during the conduct of the study?
Case Study: spotting potential ethical issues