Ethics CORE for Instructors
Ethics CORE has been created to help you provide training on the responsible conduct of research, as required for all National Science Foundation grantees.
Here are some places where you are most likely to find ethics materials relevant to you:
- The NCPRE Best Practices Statement on RCR Education
- Read the articles What Is Research Ethics?, Why Teach Research Ethics, and Teaching Research Ethics: Getting Started.
- Teaching materials, including case studies, videos, role-plays, and other resources collected by Ethics CORE that might be useful in teaching research ethics to undergraduate and graduate students.
- Materials for instructors that have been contributed to Ethics CORE by users. Many of these resources are Active Learning Exercises.
- Perspectives on Teaching Ethics, a series of essays by noted ethics instructors.
- Literature, essays, guidelines, videos, and other resources about mentoring students.
- A list of Most Cited Articles related to Graduate Students and ethics.
- Web resources from a variety of organizations that are or have been used in Responsible Conduct of Research training.
- Discussion groups for Engineering Ethics Instructors, Sustainability Ethics, Ethics Librarians, and more. You can also start your own group if your topic or community doesn't have one.
- Self-contained learning modules and tutorials available from Ethics CORE and other online sources.
- Teach or view online instructor-led courses through the Ethics CORE Moodle.
- The Research Literature Search that simultaneously looks for scholarly articles on ethics in the Scopus database.
Additionally, if you register as an Ethics CORE user, you will be able to form discussion groups with other instructors and researchers, as well as contribute materials and best practices of your own. The Ethics CORE community can be a resource for you when you want to learn more about a particular aspect of research ethics or would like to share an insight that you have had.
Links for You
- Getting Started: Selected Resources for New Instructors of Ethics in Science, and Engineering and Computing, a bibliography compiled by Michael Loui
- The Lab, a very well-done interactive short film that you can experience through the perspective of one of the four main characters: a graduate student, a postdoctoral scholar, a research project PI (principal investigator), and a university Research Integrity Officer. The US Office for Research Integrity produced the film and provides and instructors' manual to help educators use it in classes.
- The Project for Scholarly Integrity, a project of the Council of Graduate Schools that has a collection of example RCR curricula. Go to the PSI Resource Search Page and scroll partway down the page; "Curricular Examples" search options are on the left.
- NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Traineeship (IGERT) program
- Content Collection: Mentoring Advice, a collection of the best Science Careers articles on mentoring. Published in February 2012.
Short Textbooks on Responsible Conduct of Research
- Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy; National Academy of Sciences; National Academy of Engineering; and Institute of Medicine. (2009). On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research (3rd ed.). Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press. Online at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12192
- Steneck, Nicholas H. (2007). ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research (rev ed.). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Online at http://ori.dhhs.gov/documents/rcrintro.pdf
Full Textbooks on Responsible Conduct of Research
- Macrina, Francis L. (2005). Scientific Integrity: Text and Cases in responsible Conduct of Research (3rd ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Society for Microbiology Press.
- Shamoo, Adil E. and David B. Resnick. (2009). Responsible Conduct of Research (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.
Authorship with Students
- Welsh, Robert K., Craig R. Lareau, Jeanne K. Clevenger, and Mark A. Reger. (2008). Ethical and legal considerations regarding disputed authorship with the use of shared data. Accountability in Research, 15, 105-131. doi: 10.1080/08989620801946925