Research Ethics Education in the STEM Disciplines: The Promises and Challenges of a Gaming Approach

TitleResearch Ethics Education in the STEM Disciplines: The Promises and Challenges of a Gaming Approach
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBriggle, A, Holbrook, J, Oppong, J, Hoffmann, J, Larsen, E, Pluscht, P
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Volume22
Issue1
Pagination237-250
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsENGINEERING , ethics , Games , National , pedagogy , research , Responsible , STEM
AbstractWhile education in ethics and the responsible conduct of research (RCR) is widely acknowledged as an essential component of graduate education, particularly in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math), little consensus exists on how best to accomplish this goal. Recent years have witnessed a turn toward the use of games in this context. Drawing from two NSF-funded grants (one completed and one on-going), this paper takes a critical look at the use of games in ethics and RCR education. It does so by: (a) setting the development of research and engineering ethics games in wider historical and theoretical contexts, which highlights their promise to solve important pedagogical problems; (b) reporting on some initial results from our own efforts to develop a game; and (c) reflecting on the challenges that arise in using games for ethics education. In our discussion of the challenges, we draw out lessons to improve this nascent approach to ethics education in the STEM disciplines .
NotesBriggle, Adam 1; Email Address: adam.briggle@unt.edu Holbrook, J. 2; Email Address: britt.holbrook@pubpolicy.gatech.edu Oppong, Joseph 3; Email Address: Oppong@unt.edu Hoffmann, Joesph 4; Email Address: hoffmann@unt.edu Larsen, Elizabeth 4; Email Address: liz.larsen@unt.edu Pluscht, Patrick 4; Email Address: pluscht@unt.edu; Affiliation: 1: Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle #310920 Denton 76203-5017 USA 2: School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, 685 Cherry St. Atlanta 30322-0345 USA 3: Toulouse Graduate School, University of North Texas, Denton 76203 USA 4: Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle #310889 Denton 76203-5017 USA; Source Info: Feb2016, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p237; Subject Term: RESEARCH -- Moral & ethical aspects; Subject Term: ETHICS -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: ENGINEERING ethics; Subject Term: STEM education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Games; Author-Supplied Keyword: Pedagogy; Author-Supplied Keyword: Research ethics education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Responsible conduct of research; Company/Entity: NATIONAL Science Foundation (U.S.); Number of Pages: 14p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1007/s11948-015-9624-6

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