Connecting Past with Present: A Mixed-Methods Science Ethics Course and its Evaluation

Science and Engineering Ethics 22 (1):251-274 (2016)

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We present a graduate science ethics course that connects cases from the historical record to present realities and practices in the areas of social responsibility, authorship, and human/animal experimentation. This content is delivered with mixed methods, including films, debates, blogging, and practicum; even the instructional team is mixed, including a historian of science and a research scientist. What really unites all of the course’s components is the experiential aspect: from acting in historical debates to participating in the current scientific enterprise. The course aims to change the students’ culture into one deeply devoted to the science ethics cause. To measure the sought after cultural change, we developed and validated a relevant questionnaire. Results of this questionnaire from students who took the course, demonstrate that the course had the intended effect on them. Furthermore, results of this questionnaire from controls indicate the need for cultural change in that cohort. All these quantitative results are reinforced by qualitative outcomes
Keywords Science ethics  Science ethics course  History of science  Science culture  Cultural transformation  Emotions  Moral sensitivity  Moral motivation  Questionnaire
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