Research Integrity and Everyday Practice of Science

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-701
Number of pages17
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013

Keywords

  • Philosophy of science
  • Responsible conduct of research
  • Science education
  • Science policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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