What is responsible conduct of research (RCR)? (Continued)

Sound, ethical decision making requires knowing both what to do and how to put into action one’s own knowledge and principles. Responses may vary among academic and cultural climates. And although there may be several right ways to respond, there also are many inappropriate responses. We invite you, the reader, as you interact with colleagues, to develop new understanding and sensitivities representative of your own code of ethics. James Rest (1986) has described such a social construction of knowledge in the areas of cognitive and moral reasoning. In this module, we use a constructivist model to frame the continuing development of your ethical code of conduct in research and professional responsibility as you think about and react to the questions and conflicts faced by fictitious characters in the mini novel, Research Ethics: A Novel Approach.

Across the seven chapters you will explore and grapple with issues and dilemmas in responsible conduct of research. Graduate students have identified these issues as important to their academic success as students as well as to their success as researchers and future faculty. Yet they also report little understanding of the ethical decisions and dilemmas they confront as developing researchers (Allen, J. & Moran, M. J., in preparation). We invite you to situate yourself by placing yourself in the following story as you develop new understandings and heighten your awareness in response to an array of discussion and integration questions. What advice would you offer the characters? What would you do? How is your knowledge of responsible conduct of research useful in confronting these situations? What skills would you use? What conflicts are you prepared to confront? What more do you need to know?

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What is responsible conduct of research (RCR)?
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