A researcher submits a study to the irb that proposes to evaluate a new after-school on-line tutoring program for middle-school students in a local school district examining the effect on student grades. she proposes to perform this assessment at the school that her children attend, because she is familiar with the school district. students may use either their personal smartphone or computer to participate in the program. this study might be determined to be violating which principle of the belmont report?
The proposed study examining the effect of a new after-school on-line tutoring program on middle-school students’ grades might be violating the principle of Beneficence in the Belmont Report. This principle states that the potential benefits of research must outweigh any harm that might be inflicted on the participants.
The researcher’s close relationship with the school district where her children attend raises questions about the objectivity and potential conflict of interest in conducting the study. Additionally, the use of personal smartphones and computers as part of the study raises privacy and confidentiality concerns for the participants.
This could create a situation where the well-being of the participants is at risk and the potential benefits of the study are outweighed by the harm caused. The principle of Beneficence requires that ethical considerations be taken into account in research design and implementation, and this proposed study may not meet these standards.
In conclusion: This study might be determined to be violating the principle of beneficrimination (or fairness), as the researcher is proposing to perform the assessment at the school her children attend and not a representative sample of schools in the local school district.