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Selected Resources on Teaching GeoEthics: Getting Started

David W. Mogk, Montana State University

The following is a compilation of resources to assist you in teaching GeoEthics. Please use these resources in developing your own geoethics program and share with your colleagues. Please recommend additional resources by contacting the author (

Reports on Teaching Ethics

National Research Council, 2009, Ethics Education and Scientific and Engineering Research, What's Been Learned? What Should be Done? Summary of a Workshop, National Academy Press.

"Description: Increasing complexity and competitiveness in research environments, the prevalence of interdisciplinary and international involvement in research projects, and the close coupling of commerce and academia have created an ethically challenging environment for young scientists and engineers. For the past several decades, federal research agencies have supported projects to meet the need for mentoring and ethics training in graduate education in research, often called training in the responsible conduct of research. Recently, these agencies have supported projects to identify ethically problematic behaviors and assess the efficacy of ethics education in addressing them."

National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine, 2009, On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research: Third Edition. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

"Description The scientific research enterprise is built on a foundation of trust. Scientists trust that the results reported by others are valid. Society trusts that the results of research reflect an honest attempt by scientists to describe the world accurately and without bias. But this trust will endure only if the scientific community devotes itself to exemplifying and transmitting the values associated with ethical scientific conduct. On Being a Scientist was designed to supplement the informal lessons in ethics provided by research supervisors and mentors. The book describes the ethical foundations of scientific practices and some of the personal and professional issues that researchers encounter in their work. It applies to all forms of research–whether in academic, industrial, or governmental settings-and to all scientific disciplines. "

National Academy of Engineering Practical Guidance on Science and Engineering Ethics Education for Instructors and Administrators: Papers and Summary from a Workshop December 12, 2012

"This report presents the edited papers and a summary of a workshop on best practices for ethics education programs in science and engineering, with presentations in four key areas: goals and objectives for ethics instruction, instructional assessment, institutional and research cultures, and development of guidance checklists for instructors and administrators."

National Academy of Engineering Engineering, Social Justice, and Sustainable Community Development

This workshop addresses conflicting positive goals for engineering projects in impoverished areas and areas in crisis. These conflicts arise domestically as well as in international arenas. The goals of project sponsors and participants, which are often implicit, include protecting human welfare, ensuring social justice, and striving for environmental sustainability alongside the more often explicit goal of economic development or progress.

Responsible Conduct of Research Resources

Resources on Teaching Ethics Specific to the Geosciences

Web Resources for Teaching Ethics

AAAS Professional Ethics Reports Archives

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative at the University of Miami (CITI) Responsible Conduct of Research program

Ethics Core–the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics, funded by NSF; a very rich resource with up to date collections of resources, articles, teaching methods, case studies, and much more.

Loui, Michael Getting Started: Selected Resources for New Instructors of Ethics in Science, and Engineering and Computing

National Academy of Engineering Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science–495 case studies, teaching tools and annotated bibliography

National Academy of Engineering Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society (CEES)–"CEES activities address ethically significant issues that arise in engineering and scientific research, education, and practice. These issues arise for individual engineers and scientists as well as for social organizations and institutions. CEES projects engage a wide audience to help improve ethics education and enhance social responsibility in engineering and science."

National Postdoctoral Association Responsible Conduct of Research for Postdocs–Topics of interest include: Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership; Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship; Peer Review; Collaborative Science; Research Misconduct; and Communication and Difficult Conversations.

National Science Foundation, Responsible Conduct of Research–response to requirements of the America Competes Act to teach responsible conduct of research

Resources for Research Ethics Education, UC San Diego–a very rich collection of advice on "what" and "how" to teach research ethics.

US Dept of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity

Videos on Teaching Ethics

AAAS Integrity in Scientific Research Video Series

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