Social Responsibility and Research Ethics : Not Either/Or but Both

TitleSocial Responsibility and Research Ethics : Not Either/Or but Both
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBird, SJ
Series TitleProfessional Ethics Report
Date Published07/2014
PublisherAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractThe general view has been that science education should emphasize scientific concepts and principles. To the extent that it was given any thought within the science community, it was assumed that students would learn about responsible research conduct and other ethical concerns by observing good examples and through courses and education outside the core of science itself. The U.S. approach tends to focus on the individual and the responsible conduct of resarch. In Europe, ethics education in science and engineering focuses on the social responsibilities of scientists and engineers, or macroethics. Neither of these two approaches is sufficient on its own, but together they are complementary, and each makes important contributions to the education of scientists and engineers in a global and technological society.