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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

This section is currently listed by alphabetic order. When enough materials move up from the TRE Era, I will start organizing them by type.

Teaching Research Ethics Era resources

Short tutorials for RCR instructors

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.

Short exercises

  • 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

Useful information

  • 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. Moved to TeachRCR Era resources, above.
  • 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? - Moved to TeachRCR Era resources, above

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.