ERIC Number: ED251019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug-24
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Research Ethics: Methods and Practice.
Methods for teaching the ethics of psychological research to students were surveyed by a committee of the American Psychological Association (The Committee for the Protection of Human Participants in Research). A survey of department chairpersons was conducted to determine how many departments had formal courses on ethical issues. The majority of respondents were general psychology departments and two-thirds offered Ph.D.s. Fifty percent of the departments had an internal research review committee to determine the presence or absence of a formal system of reviewing departmental research. Undergraduate courses on ethics in psychology were offered by 3.7 percent of the departments, while 7.4 percent offered graduate courses on research ethics. Seventy percent of the departments who offered the courses made them a requirement. General courses on ethics in psychology were offered by 44.4 percent of the departments. These courses spent about 10 to 20 percent of the course time on research ethics. Research methods courses were also found to address research ethics. For the survey sample, the findings indicate there are a small group of programs that are heavily committed to teaching ethics. It is concluded that informal methods are the most common method of transmitting research ethics in psychology. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).