Effectiveness of Responsible Conduct of Research Instruction: Initial Findings

TitleEffectiveness of Responsible Conduct of Research Instruction: Initial Findings
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsMacrina, FL, Funk, CL, Barrett, K
JournalJournal of Research Administration
Date Published2004
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15391590
KeywordsAuthorship , BEHAVIORAL , Moral , POSTDOCTORAL , research , TELEPHONE
AbstractWe are exploring whether mandated instruction in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) has measurable effects. NIH F32 postdoctoral fellowship awardees are being interviewed and evaluated at different points in their training to determine their awareness, attentiveness, and behavioral judgments related to research ethics. This study includes a 3-wave telephone survey and web-based case study vignettes in one core area of RCR content, authorship and publication practices. Of 431 F32 fellows, approximately 37% had completed their RCR training prior to their fellowship. About 44% had not taken formal RCR training, and approximately 17% were unaware of the RCR training requirement for F32 awardees. Approximately 25% of the respondents who had completed RCR instruction took a course for credit while 75% did not. Initial comparisons between those who have and have not completed RCR training showed only a few significant differences between groups. Awareness of authorship guidelines and ethically appropriate behavioral judgments were common among both groups, raising the possibility of ceiling effects. F32 fellows had, on average, 8.7 years research experience and 6.4 publications to their credit. Analysis of the completed data set should afford a greater understanding of RCR effectiveness and may suggest ways to improve RCR teaching. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]Copyright of Journal of Research Administration is the property of Society of Research Administrators and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
NotesMacrina, Francis L. 1; Funk, Carolyn L. 2; Barrett, Kirsten 3; Affiliations: 1: The Philips Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University; 2: L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University; 3: VCU Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory, Virginia Commonwealth University; Issue Info: 2004, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p6; Thesaurus Term: RESEARCH; Thesaurus Term: TELEPHONE surveys; Subject Term: POSTDOCTORAL programs; Subject Term: BEHAVIORAL assessment; Subject Term: MORAL & ethical aspects; Subject Term: AUTHORSHIP; Number of Pages: 7p; Document Type: Article