Connecting Past with Present: A Mixed-Methods Science Ethics Course and its Evaluation

TitleConnecting Past with Present: A Mixed-Methods Science Ethics Course and its Evaluation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSemendeferi, I, Tsiamyrtzis, P, Dcosta, M, Pavlidis, I
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
Keywordscultural , Emotions , history , Moral , QUANTITATIVE , Questionnaire , SCIENCE , SOCIAL
AbstractWe present a graduate science ethics course that connects cases from the historical record to present realities and practices in the areas of social responsibility, authorship, and human/animal experimentation. This content is delivered with mixed methods, including films, debates, blogging, and practicum; even the instructional team is mixed, including a historian of science and a research scientist. What really unites all of the course's components is the experiential aspect: from acting in historical debates to participating in the current scientific enterprise. The course aims to change the students' culture into one deeply devoted to the science ethics cause. To measure the sought after cultural change, we developed and validated a relevant questionnaire. Results of this questionnaire from students who took the course, demonstrate that the course had the intended effect on them. Furthermore, results of this questionnaire from controls indicate the need for cultural change in that cohort. All these quantitative results are reinforced by qualitative outcomes. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]Copyright of Science & Engineering Ethics is the property of Springer Science & Business Media B.V. 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.)
NotesSemendeferi, Ioanna 1; Email Address: Tsiamyrtzis, Panagiotis 2; Email Address: Dcosta, Malcolm 3; Email Address: Pavlidis, Ioannis 3; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Department of Physics, University of Houston, TIMES, 373 Health and Biomedical Sciences Center (HBSC) Houston 77204-6022 USA 2: Department of Statistics, Athens University of Economics and Business, 76 Patission St. 10434 Athens Greece 3: Computational Physiology Laboratory, University of Houston, TIMES, 373 Health and Biomedical Sciences Center (HBSC) Houston 77204-6022 USA; Source Info: Feb2016, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p251; Subject Term: SCIENCE & ethics; Subject Term: SCIENCE -- History; Subject Term: MORAL motivation; Subject Term: SOCIAL change; Subject Term: QUANTITATIVE research; Author-Supplied Keyword: Cultural transformation; Author-Supplied Keyword: Emotions; Author-Supplied Keyword: History of science; Author-Supplied Keyword: Moral motivation; Author-Supplied Keyword: Moral sensitivity; Author-Supplied Keyword: Questionnaire; Author-Supplied Keyword: Science culture; Author-Supplied Keyword: Science ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Science ethics course; Number of Pages: 24p; Document Type: Article