Structure for Evaluating an Ethical Dilemma
    • Describe the action(s) that raises an ethical question.

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    • Determine whether the action conflicts with relevant scientific conventions.

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    • Articulate any relevant social or professional responsibilities that the actor has in the situation.

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    • Discuss what kinds of alternative actions would be ethically prohibited and why they would be.

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    • Identify a series of alternative actions that would be ethically permitted in the specific case and discuss why they would be acceptable.

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    • Identify which actions would be ethically encouraged in the case and discuss why certain actions are better than others.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

from Stern and Elliot (1997) The Ethics of Scientific Research: A guidebook for Course Development. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England

 

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