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ERIC Number: ED312676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 30
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A National Survey of Graduate Education in Communication Research Ethics.
McEuen, Vivi S.; And Others
This study was conducted to determine the status of Ph.D. communication education in research ethics. The study sought to discover the extent to which research ethics courses are being taught, identify the research ethics issues that are discussed in these courses or in research methods coursework, specify the reading material that are assigned in the area of research ethics, and inquire as to how instructors of research ethics acquired their own knowledge of research ethics. Fifty-nine Ph.D. communication programs in the United States were surveyed through a mail questionnaire. A 77% response rate was achieved. Results indicate that no Ph.D. communication program in the survey currently devotes an entire course to communication research ethics. Seventy percent of the programs surveyed offer a course partly dealing with ethics. In these courses, research ethics tend to be discussed 15% or less of total course time. "Lack of room in the curriculum" and "ethics issues adequately addressed in other courses" were the primary reasons cited for not devoting an entire course to research ethics. Issues dealing with confidentiality, informed consent, subjects' rights to withdraw, and institutional review boards were discussed to the greatest extent in coursework related to research ethics. The least discussed issues were involuntary self knowledge, the importance of information in final write-ups allowing for the assessment of ethical conduct, misinformation, "fudging" of data, the responsibility of the researcher to benefit society, physical/psychological harm, and the mechanics of debriefing. A limited range of reading materials on research ethics appear to be used, largely drawn from outside the discipline. Most instructors acquired their research ethics knowledge from experience doing research, personal reading, and informal conversation with colleagues. No instructors in the survey who teach coursework at least partially devoted to research ethics have themselves taken a separate course in research ethics at the graduate level. Approximately 67% indicated having taken a course at the graduate level partially devoted to research ethics. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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