Mentoring for Responsible Research: The Creation of a Curriculum for Faculty to Teach RCR in the Research Environment


DOI: 10.1007/s11948-017-9897-z

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Plemmons, D.K. & Kalichman, M.W. Sci Eng Ethics (2017). doi:10.1007/s11948-017-9897-z


Despite more than 25 years of a requirement for training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR), there is still little consensus about what such training should include, how it should be delivered, nor what constitutes “effectiveness” of such training. This lack of consensus on content, approaches and outcomes is evident in recent data showing high variability in the development and implementation of RCR instruction across universities and programs. If we accept that one of the primary aims of instruction in RCR/research ethics is “to foster a community of social responsibility” (Antes et al. 2009: 398), then it makes sense to consider the research environment itself—where learning one’s science happens where one also engages in social interaction around that science. In order to take the best advantage of that already existing/naturally occurring research environment, the authors, through a deliberative, collaborative, and integrative process, crafted a workshop curriculum meant to arm research faculty with concrete and specific tools to effectively introduce research ethics in the context of the research environment.


Research ethics Responsible conduct of research Curriculum development Mentoring 

Funding information

Funder NameGrant NumberFunding Note
National Science Foundation (US)
  • 1135358

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Ethics Education ProgramUniversity of California, RiversideRiversideUSA
  2. 2.Research Ethics ProgramUniversity of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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