Teaching Research Ethics: Getting Started

Originally published 1999-2013 at Resources for Research Ethics Education, a web project directed by Michael Kalichman, Ph.D., and Dena Plemmons, Ph.D., from the University of California-San Diego Research Ethics Program and the San Diego Research Ethics Consortium. Republished with permission.


Educational Settings

Below are examples of different settings for teaching research ethics. Each section includes a brief description of the setting, followed by links to some examples.

Discussion Tools

Instructional tools that promote active, participatory learning are widely recognized as the most effective way to engage trainees, convey knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes. While case studies are one such tool, there are in fact many other approaches that may be more or less useful depending on the audience, the instructor, or the specific goals for the research ethics instruction. The pages below provide a broad overview of a variety tools and approaches to facilitate discussion in the classroom or, in some cases, in the context of the research environment.

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