I created and used most of the resources over a span of some 25 years starting in 1991. The list is in two parts: TeachRCR Era resources (current) and Teaching Research Ethics Era resources (1993-2013). The TeachRCR list is very short so far.
Almost all of the TRE-era resources are in PDF, and most of them have a link to the source. Unfortunately those links do not work because the source, http://pages.iu.edu/~pimple/, no longer exists. I will update resources as I need them and/or have time.
TeachRCR Era resources
Adventures in collaborative research (abridged) - 3-page abridgment of "Adventures in Collaborative Research" with fewer issues. No questions for discussion.
Teaching Research Ethics Era resources
Short tutorials for RCR instructors
- Using Case Studies in Teaching Research Ethics - 6-page tutorial.
- Using Small Group Assignments in Teaching Research Ethics - 6-page tutorial.
- Using Short Writing Assignments in Teaching Research Ethics - 6-page tutorial.
Case studies for discussion
- Adventures in Collaborative Research - 6-page script-style case with questions for discussion. Social science (oral history) and interdisciplinary research. Issues include authorship, mentoring,
collaborative research, miscommunication, and human subjects research.
- Adventures in Collaborative Research (abridged version) - 3-page abridgment of "Adventures in Collaborative Research" with fewer issues. No questions for discussion. Moved to TeachRCR Era resources, above
- The Alex Saunders Case - 5-page script-style case. Classroom-based research with young children. Issues include honesty and obligations, mentorship, and research with young children.
- The Allan Mathers Case - 2-page abridgement of "The Alex Saunders Case" with fewer issues.
- The Cynthia Lee Case - 2-page script-style case. Classroom-based research with elementary school children. Issues include human subjects research and research by graduate students.
- Faculty Responsibilities and Student Rights - 4-page script-style case. Graduate and undergraduate education. Issues include grading, mentoring, and respect.
- The Nexus I Case - 2-page script-style case (unusually heavy on background). Classroom-based research. Issues include collaboration between researchers and elementary schools.
- The Officer Cain Case - 1-page in-class exercise, with suggestions for use. An attempt to highlight differences between consequentialist/utilitarian and deontological/rule-based reasoning.
- The Polly Wells Case - 2-page, script-style case with questions for discussion. Qualitative human subjects research (interviewing). Issues include the differences between gossip, journalism, and sociology; and the rules governing human subjects research.
- Exercise: Rules - 1-page, 7 step out-of-class exercise to familiarize graduate students (and others) with the rules governing their research.
- Exercise: Report Reviews - 2-page in-class or out-of-class exercise. Quantitative experimental research. Issues include publication practices, outliers, fabrication, falsification, and research oversight (mentoring).
- Exercise: Two-statement icebreaker - 1-page in-class exercise with comments on my use of the exercise. Any kind of research.
Other resources for teaching
- Ethics in Three Easy Levels of Abstraction - 2-page handout for discussion. Contrasts foundational ethical theories (comprehensive and stated in one sentence) against rules and laws (specific and wordy), with ethical principles taking up an intermediate position.
- An Idiosyncratic Array of Information on Research Ethics - 1-page information sheet. Includes information on reporting suspected research misconduct at Indiana University Bloomington; what to know before making an allegation; and a few useful Web sites.
- The Least You Need to Know about the Rules Governing Human Subjects Research at IU - 2-page information sheet. Briefly describes the Belmont principles, the definition of human subjects research, the three forms of review, and other useful information. Badly out of date, but of possible use for emulation.
- Protection of Human Subjects in Non-Biomedical Research: A Tutorial. A 33-page tutorial developed for Indiana University to meet the NIH mandate that human subjects researchers must receive education in the protection of human subjects.
- Prisoner's Dilemma Tournament - An Excel spreadsheet intended to facilitate a Prisoner's Dilemma tournament for classroom teaching, with minimal instructions; use at your own risk.
- A glossary of terms for research integrity – 8-pages; a work in process. Suggestions for improvement and additions are welcome.
- Federal Policy on Research Misconduct - One page; the heart of the policy plus definitions of a few important terms.
The full policy from the Federal Register.
- A Legacy of Unethical Research - An incomplete timeline of cases of unethical research, with sources. Suggestions for improvement and additions are welcome.
- How Common is Bad Behavior in Science? - A 3-page summary of recent empirical studies of the rate of misconduct and other unacceptable behaviors in science, which I use in various presentations and workshops. Updated April 10, 2014. 2011 version
The ten most important things to know about research ethics
I was half-joking when I wrote the first version of this little list, but it seems to have stood up well. My latest revision is somewhat more extreme than most that went before, so I decided to make previous versions (the ones I still have) available here as well.
- August 5, 2013 (latest version; the only change from 2009 is an updated URL on page 2)
- May 5, 2009
- October 3, 2007
- August 20, 2007 (not previously posted)
- April 26, 2007
- July 1997 - This is the long-lost first version, consisting only of 6 items, embedded in a longish essay entitled "An Impromptu Session on Research Ethics."