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KU Initiative in Ethics Education in Science and Engineering

Ethics instruction in courses in science has traditionally and for the most part been restricted to warning students against plagiarism, the falsification of data, the fabrication of data, and possibly to conflict of interest. Depending on the circumstances the scope of this instruction may also include familiarizing students with the legal restrictions of experiments involving human subjects and the care of research animals.

The University of Kansas initiative in Ethics Education in Science and Engineering (KU-EESE) stemmed from the belief that it is both possible and desirable that academic personnel should understand the reasons behind ethical guidelines and constraints, rather than simply learn to comply with the concrete rules that apply to many parts of academic life. With support from the National Science Foundation, faculty at the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City sought to: (1) enhance ethics instruction in STEM disciplines through faculty development workshops in incorporating ethics into science and engineering courses and development of a stand-alone course in scientific ethics; (2) evaluate the relative effectiveness of different approaches to providing this instruction, and (3) document the instructional approaches that could be used as models for others seeking to replicate aspects of the project’s approach in other courses or at other institutions.

EESE Faculty Development Workshop Example

The material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0629443. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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