Facilitating Ethical Reflection Among Scientists Using the Ethical Matrix

TitleFacilitating Ethical Reflection Among Scientists Using the Ethical Matrix
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsJensen, KK, Forsberg, E-M, Gamborg, C, Millar, K, Sandøe, P
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Pagination425 - 445
Date Published9/2011
ISSN Number14715546
Keywordsethical decision-making , Instructional Methods , SCIENCE
AbstractStudies have indicated that scientists are likely to have an outlook on both facts and values that are different to that of lay people in important ways. This is one significant reason that it is currently believed that in order for scientists to exercise a reliable ethical reflection about their research it is necessary for them to engage in dialogue with other stakeholders. This paper reports on an exercise to encourage scientists to reflect on ethical issues without the presence of external stakeholders. The authors invited a group of scientists working in the area of animal disease genomics to reflect on their research using an ethical engagement framework, a modified version of the Ethical Matrix. The findings from this exercise seem to indicate that this exercise allowed participants to reflect on stakeholder views and values, though in some instances, the value of involving a broad group of stakeholders relating to governance and social accountability of science still remains.
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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