I created and used most of the resources over a span of some 25 years starting in 1991. The list is in two parts: TeachRCR Era resources (current) and Teaching Research Ethics Era resources (1993-2013). The TeachRCR list is very short so far.
Almost all of the TRE-era resources are in PDF, and most of them have a link to the source. Unfortunately those links do not work because the source,
http://pages.iu.edu/~pimple/, no longer exists. I will update resources as I need them and/or have time.
TeachRCR Era resources
This section is currently listed by alphabetic order. When enough materials move up from the TRE Era, I will start organizing them by type.
- Adventures in Collaborative Research – 6-page script-style case with questions for discussion. Social science (oral history) and interdisciplinary research. Issues include authorship, mentoring, collaborative research, miscommunication, and human subjects research. Includes questions for discussion.
- Adventures in collaborative research (abridged) 3-page abridgment of “Adventures in Collaborative Research” with fewer issues. No questions for discussion.
- Authorship in Scientific and Academic Research A paper I wrote for an online journal, CORE Issues in Professional and Research Ethics (Volume 1, Paper 4, 2012).
- Collaborative Research 3-page outline of issues considering authorship, data sharing, and avoiding pitfalls.
- Federal Policy on Research Misconduct of 2005. The text of the heart of the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct on one page, with some terminology. The entire policy is also available here: 42 CFR Parts 50 and 93 – Public Health Service Policies on Research Misconduct: Final Rule.
- How Common is Bad Behavior in Science? A 3-page summary of recent empirical studies of the rate of misconduct and other unacceptable behaviors in science, which I use in various presentations and workshops.
- Introduction to my edited book, Research Ethics (2008) Hampshire, UK: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. The PDF includes the four-paged table of contents of the 49 previously published journal papers with full citations. My seventeen-paged original introduction places the chapters in their historical and conceptual context.
- Misconduct PowerPoint slides for a presentation at the RCR Instruction Workshop, September 12-13, 2017.
- Moral Reasoning in Scientific Research: Cases for Teaching and Assessment is a unique 80-page booklet of materials for teaching the responsible conduct of science in college and university science courses. See the Moral Reasoning in Scientific Research page under the Resources tab for the complete booklet and individual resources.
- Two short warm-up exercises
- Two ways to organize important issues in research integrity The 2009 Update on the Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research list suggests 9 topics after some changing from the older topic lists. Now that we who have worked in RCR instruction for almost 10 years under the current list. In an attempt to spice up the topics, I have set the earlier and my new list side-by-side. My hope that (a) some people think my list is better, (b) some people explain why the 2009 list is better than mine, or (c) some person or group knocks my list over the fence.
Teaching Research Ethics Era resources
Short tutorials for RCR instructors
- Using Case Studies in Teaching Research Ethics – 6-page tutorial.
- Using Small Group Assignments in Teaching Research Ethics – 6-page tutorial.
- Using Short Writing Assignments in Teaching Research Ethics – 6-page tutorial.
- 6 Domains of Research Ethics published in Science and Engineering Ethics, (2002) 8, 191-205
- and the original document
Case studies for discussion
- The Alex Saunders Case – 5-page script-style case. Classroom-based research with young children. Issues include honesty and obligations, mentorship, and research with young children.
- The Allan Mathers Case – 2-page abridgement of “The Alex Saunders Case” with fewer issues.
- The Cynthia Lee Case – 2-page script-style case. Classroom-based research with elementary school children. Issues include human subjects research and research by graduate students.
- Faculty Responsibilities and Student Rights – 4-page script-style case. Graduate and undergraduate education. Issues include grading, mentoring, and respect.
- The Nexus I Case – 2-page script-style case (unusually heavy on background). Classroom-based research. Issues include collaboration between researchers and elementary schools.
- The Officer Cain Case – 1-page in-class exercise, with suggestions for use. An attempt to highlight differences between consequentialist/utilitarian and deontological/rule-based reasoning.
- The Polly Wells Case – 2-page, script-style case with questions for discussion. Qualitative human subjects research (interviewing). Issues include the differences between gossip, journalism, and sociology; and the rules governing human subjects research.
- Exercise: Rules – 1-page, 7 step out-of-class exercise to familiarize graduate students (and others) with the rules governing their research.
- Exercise: Report Reviews – 2-page in-class or out-of-class exercise. Quantitative experimental research. Issues include publication practices, outliers, fabrication, falsification, and research oversight (mentoring).
- Exercise: Two-statement icebreaker – 1-page in-class exercise with comments on my use of the exercise. Any kind of research.
Other resources for teaching
- Ethics in Three Easy Levels of Abstraction – 2-page handout for discussion. Contrasts foundational ethical theories (comprehensive and stated in one sentence) against rules and laws (specific and wordy), with ethical principles taking up an intermediate position.
- The Least You Need to Know about the Rules Governing Human Subjects Research at IU – 2-page information sheet. Briefly describes the Belmont principles, the definition of human subjects research, the three forms of review, and other useful information. Badly out of date, but of possible use for emulation.
- Protection of Human Subjects in Non-Biomedical Research: A Tutorial. A 33-page tutorial developed for Indiana University to meet the NIH mandate that human subjects researchers must receive education in the protection of human subjects.
- Prisoner’s Dilemma Tournament – An Excel spreadsheet intended to facilitate a Prisoner’s Dilemma tournament for classroom teaching, with minimal instructions; use at your own risk.
- A glossary of terms for research integrity – 8-pages; a work in process. Suggestions for improvement and additions are welcome.
- A Legacy of Unethical Research – An incomplete timeline of cases of unethical research, with sources. Suggestions for improvement and additions are welcome.
The ten most important things to know about research ethics
I was half-joking when I wrote the first version of this little list, but it seems to have stood up well. My latest revision is somewhat more extreme than most that went before, so I decided to make previous versions (the ones I still have) available here as well.
- August 5, 2013 (the next-to-last version; see above for the newest version)
- May 5, 2009
- October 3, 2007
- August 20, 2007 (not previously posted)