These materials are designed to provide motivation and content sufficient for an instructor to lead a workshop titled: “Mentoring for Responsible Research.” The long-term goal is to foster an environment in which research faculty are better empowered to initiate conversations within their research groups about the responsible conduct of research. Workshop participants are introduced to rationales, content, approaches, and resources so that they will have the means to develop and implement concrete, discipline-specific strategies for research ethics mentoring.
The Instructor's ...
The Instructor's Guide mirrors the syllabus and gives teaching notes and additional resources. A template for the workshop syllabus (in Word) format and two sample syllabi (Example Syllabus 1 and Example Syllabus 2) in pdf format are available for download.
NOTES TO THE INSTRUCTOR:
The purpose of this section is not to be a lecture defining “research ethics,” but to be a conversation for the purpose of developing a shared understanding of the purpose and focus of this workshop.
The subject of this workshop is research ethics. The focus is a very practical one: How should we, as researchers, act?
Unfortunately, the choices we face are not always clear. And even those cases that are clear may at times be better characterized as "right vs. right" rather than "right vs. wrong." For these reasons, our obligation is not necessarily to make the right decisions, but to strive to make the best possible decisions. In this context, "ethics" should not be confused with ethical theory, morality, and/or simply following the rules.
While there are many possible formulations for the scope of research ethics, one useful summary for the purpose of this workshop is to focus on our obligations as researchers. Those obligations might be summarized to include research, other researchers, and society, but also a fourth overarching responsibility in all cases to ask questions:
How should research be conducted so as to meet our obligations to preserve and promote
the integrity of research findings?
How should researchers interact with one another to meet our obligations to other
How should researchers interact with the larger communities, academic and public, to
meet our obligations to the society in which we live and work?
4. Asking Questions:
How, when, and where should researchers be prepared to ask questions about the conduct
of science so as to meet their obligations to the research, researchers, and society?