What happens in the Lab: Applying Midstream Modulation to Enhance Critical Reflection in the Laboratory

TitleWhat happens in the Lab: Applying Midstream Modulation to Enhance Critical Reflection in the Laboratory
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsSchuurbiers, D
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume17
Issue4
Pagination769 - 788
Date Published12/2011
ISSN Number1471-5546
KeywordsENGINEERING , SCIENCE , SOCIAL responsibility
AbstractIn response to widespread policy prescriptions for responsible innovation, social scientists and engineering ethicists, among others, have sought to engage natural scientists and engineers at the ‘midstream’: building interdisciplinary collaborations to integrate social and ethical considerations with research and development processes. Two ‘laboratory engagement studies’ have explored how applying the framework of midstream modulation could enhance the reflections of natural scientists on the socio-ethical context of their work. The results of these interdisciplinary collaborations confirm the utility of midstream modulation in encouraging both first- and second-order reflective learning. Midstream modulation served to render the socio-ethical context of research visible in the laboratory and helped enable research participants to more critically reflect on this broader context.
DOI10.1007/s11948-011-9317-8
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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