Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 685–701

Research Integrity and Everyday Practice of Science

Authors

    • Department of Cell Biology, Program in Ethics in Science and MedicineUT Southwestern Medical Center
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11948-012-9376-5

Cite this article as:
Grinnell, F. Sci Eng Ethics (2013) 19: 685. doi:10.1007/s11948-012-9376-5

Abstract

Science traditionally is taught as a linear process based on logic and carried out by objective researchers following the scientific method. Practice of science is a far more nuanced enterprise, one in which intuition and passion become just as important as objectivity and logic. Whether the activity is committing to study a particular research problem, drawing conclusions about a hypothesis under investigation, choosing whether to count results as data or experimental noise, or deciding what information to present in a research paper, ethical challenges inevitably will arise because of the ambiguities inherent in practice. Unless these ambiguities are acknowledged and their sources understood explicitly, responsible conduct of science education will not adequately prepare the individuals receiving the training for the kinds of decisions essential to research integrity that they will have to make as scientists.

Keywords

Responsible conduct of researchScience educationScience policyPhilosophy of science

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