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Approach to Training to Support Development of Researcher Integrity

Palmer, Nicole and Forrester-Jones, Rachel (2018) Approach to Training to Support Development of Researcher Integrity. In: Virtue Ethics in the Conduct and Governance of Social Science Research. SAGE, pp. 65-82. ISBN 978-1-78714-608-2. E-ISBN 978-1-78714-607-5. (doi:10.1108/S2398-601820180000003004) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:65289)

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Abstract

Training in research ethics in higher education institutions tends to be increasingly focussed on operational instruction and how to navigate review processes. This has largely come about as a result of the gradual extension of the ‘medical model’ of prospective ethics review to all research involving human participants over the last few decades. Often devolved to an administrator, the purpose of instruction in research ethics is sometimes reduced to form-filling techniques. While this may serve to facilitate researchers’ compliance with ‘auditable’ regulatory requirements, and to reassure risk-averse universities that they can demonstrate rigorous oversight, it does nothing to skill researchers in assessing the ethical implications of their own research. Mastering the skills to address and mitigate the moral dilemmas that can emerge during a research project involves more than having a pre-determined set of options for research practice. Changing their perception means enabling researchers to view themselves as ethical practitioners within a broader community of researchers. In this chapter we discuss the implementation of a university training programme that has been designed to improve both the moral character, and thus the moral competence of researchers. Using a virtue ethics approach, we employed case studies and discussion, backed up by provision of individualised advice, to help researchers to consider the moral implications of research and to improve their moral decision-making skills. Attendees reported greater engagement with the issues and increased confidence in facing ethical dilemmas in their own research.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1108/S2398-601820180000003004
Uncontrolled keywords: research ethics training; virtue ethics; research integrity; moral development; research ethics review
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jo Ruffels
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2017 12:01 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2021 15:41 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/65289 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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