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ERIC Number: EJ886785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1590
Teaching and Assessing the Responsible Conduct of Research: A Delphi Consensus Panel Report
DuBois, James M.; Dueker, Jeffrey M.
Journal of Research Administration, v40 n1 p49-70 Fall 2009
In an effort to foster research integrity, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation mandate education of all trainees in the responsible conduct of research (RCR). Nevertheless, recent studies suggest that rates of questionable research practices and scientific misconduct are both high and considerably underreported. In part, this may be due to the fact that some ethical norms (e.g., authorship assignment) are far from clear and researchers are unsure how to respond to perceived misconduct. With funding from the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI), we convened four panels of experts to develop a consensus on the overarching goals and teaching content of RCR instruction. Our panelists recommended nine overarching objectives for RCR instruction that require us to rethink common modes of instruction, and they identified issues and standards that should be covered within controversial areas such as authorship assignment and whistle-blowing. Additionally, our experts recommended two new core areas for RCR instruction: The "social responsibilities of scientists" and "current topics in RCR." (Contains 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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