Teaching Research Ethics : Changing the Culture of Science

TitleTeaching Research Ethics : Changing the Culture of Science
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsSchrag, B
JournalTeaching Ethics: The Journal of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum
Date PublishedSpring 2008
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number15444031
KeywordsCase Study Method , responsible conduct of research , SCIENCE
AbstractFrom 1995-2006, I was Project Director of a collaborative effort of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics for a project, Graduate Research Ethics Education (GREE) funded by the National Science Foundation (Grants # SES-9817880 and SBR 9241897) to teach research ethics to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the physical and natural sciences, social sciences and engineering. In this essay I want to share some reflections on the nature of research ethics education drawn, in part, on that experience. For the purposes of this essay, I assume that readers could include ethicists with little background in scientific research as well as scientists with little background in ethics or ethics education. The first section is a brief sketch of the historical context for teaching research ethics. The second section includes my own account of the ethical tasks of researchers. The third section discusses the implications of those ethical tasks for the pedagogical objectives for research ethics education. The fourth section summarizes what we did and what we learned from the NSF project. Following my essay is a reprint of one of the cases and the commentaries on it, which were a product of the GREE project and which illustrate some of the issues I have raised.
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