Teaching Ethical Aptitude to Graduate Student Researchers

TitleTeaching Ethical Aptitude to Graduate Student Researchers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsWeyrich, LS, Harvill, ET
JournalAccountability in Research
Pagination5 - 12
Date Published01/2013
ISSN Number1545-5815
KeywordsBIOLOGY , MEDICINE , PEDAGOGICAL , Pedagogical Materials , Responsible , responsible conduct of research , SCIENCE
AbstractLimited time dedicated to each training areas, irrelevant case-studies, and ethics “checklists” have resulted in bare-bones Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training for present biomedical graduate student researchers. Here, we argue that science graduate students be taught classical ethical theory, such as virtue ethics, consequentialist theory, and deontological theory, to provide a basic framework to guide researchers through ethically complex situations and examine the applicability, implications, and societal ramifications of their research. Using a relevant biomedical research example to illustrate this point, we argue that proper ethics training for graduate student researchers not only will enhance current RCR training, but train more creative, responsible scientists.
Short TitleAccountability in Research
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