ERIC Number: ED415765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May-31
Reference Count: N/A
Catalyst: Indiana University's Program in Research Ethics.
Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Poynter Center on American Institutions.
The Catalyst project at Indiana University sought to increase awareness of research ethics questions among the faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates, and to develop and disseminate instructional materials. The participating departments were biology, history, and psychology, representing, respectively, the natural sciences, the humanities, and the behavioral sciences. The mechanism used for the project was a faculty-graduate student seminar. During the first project year, participants discussed issues of research ethics in their respective fields. During subsequent years, participants developed and field tested teaching materials designed to introduce discussion of research ethics into subject matter courses (e.g., upper-division genetics, experimental psychology, or history seminars for majors). The project has produced over 80 case studies, which will be published. An interdisciplinary seminar and a conference on research ethics were also undertaken. Project evaluation included a 1993 student survey, which indicated that the project increased students' knowledge about research ethics. A faculty survey was administered in 1990 and again in 1993 to evaluate the impact of the project. An outcome of the project has been the introduction of two graduate seminars and one undergraduate course covering research ethics or the responsible conduct of science. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Poynter Center on American Institutions.