Initial Publication Date: June 9, 2014

Selected Resources on Teaching GeoEthics: Getting Started

David 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. We welcome additional resources on this topic; please Contribute a Resource on this online form.

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.

What is Ethics in Research and Why is it Important?--David Resnik, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; includes an important lists of attributes of ethical behaviors in research.

AAAS Professional Ethics Report Archives--published by the AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program, reports date back to 1988; a very rich collection of topics and issues! the 1981 "AAAS Professional Ethics Project: Professional ethics activities in the scientific and engineering societies" project edited by Rosemary A Chalk remains a great foundation for exploring professional ethics among the STEM disciplines.

Responsible Conduct of Research Resources

Resources on Teaching Ethics Specific to the Geosciences

Special Volumes Focused on GeoEthics

  • Annals of Geophysics , Vol 55, No 3 (2012) Geoethics and geological culture. Reflections from the Geoitalia Conference 2011; articles on Geoethics and Geological Culture: Methods, Goals, and Values Able to Influence Society, Geoethical Implications in Risks and Geo-Resources Management Communication and Education Related to Geosciences in a Geoethical Perpective, Geoheritage, and Geodiversity as Values for Sustainability
  • Geothics Ethical Challenges and Case Studies in Earth Sciences, M. Wyss and S. Peppoloni (eds), 2014, Elsevier, 200 pp.
  • Engineering Geology for Society and Territory - Volume 7: Education, Professional Ethics and Public Recognition of Engineering Geology, 2014, Giorgio Lollino (Editor), Massimo Arattano (Editor), Marco Giardino (Editor), Ricardo Oliveira (Editor), Silvia Peppoloni (Editor).
  • Scientific Integrity and Ethics in the Geosciences--Linda C. Gundersen (Ed), 2017, AGU/Wiley, 344 pages; ISBN: 978-1-119-06778-8 n; see also AGU Editor's Vox by Linda Gundersen, "Ethics Crucial for the Future of the Geosciences"

Web Resources for Teaching Ethics

Videos on Teaching Ethics